70 arrests and 125 vehicles seized as police target bad Stoke-on-Trent drivers

Police made 70 arrests, seized 125 vehicles and dished out hundreds of fines during a blitz on law-breaking drivers. Staffordshire Police put the focus on the county's roads on the back of a number of fatal crashes last year.

The dedicated six-week crackdown, where officers targeted 'hotspot' locations in the Potteries, resulted in scores of arrests while more than 300 fines were issued. Now senior officers say they will continue with a 'zero-tolerance approach' to law-breaking motorists as they look to reduce the number of collisions on Staffordshire's roads.

StokeonTrentLive has previously reported how the operation got underway with a hard-hitting demonstration at Hanley Fire Station where crews showed just what needs to be done to free a casualty from a wreckage. Meanwhile officers with the force's road policing unit had said their cops would be hitting hotspot locations across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to tackle speeding drivers along with those behind the wheel when unfit through either drink or drugs.

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They were also on the lookout for people not wearing a seatbelt or being on the phone while driving. The initiative came after the force had revealed there had been 45 deaths on the county's roads during 2023.

Today the force has revealed how during the campaign there were 70 arrests for 'vehicle-related offences'. That including 18 suspected of being under the influence of drugs and 15 for drink-driving. Cops also arrested three motorists on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The operation also saw 125 vehicles seized - which could be for having no insurance or tax - while 37 stolen vehicles were found. A total of 117 stop searches were completed and 176 breath tests for alcohol and drug swipes.

Cops also dished out a total of 316 'traffic offence reports' for various issues including not wearing a seatbelt, using a phone while driving and speeding.

Superintendent Mat Derrick, of the force's roads policing unit (RPU), says cops will continue to tackle rule breakers.

He said: "The consequences of dangerous and poor driving habits can be life changing for everyone involved. Each of last year’s 45 tragic fatalities in the county is somebody’s loved one; somebody’s child, a sister or a brother, a parent or grandparent.

“Although our officers, including those from our dedicated RPU, target this kind of unacceptable behaviour 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a year, the Look Again campaign has effectively highlighted the long-lasting and far reaching impact it can have on so many lives. Nearly half of serious or fatal road accidents in Staffordshire last year were caused by driver error. We will continue to focus on making our roads safer and enforcing our zero-tolerance approach to those whose standard of driving puts others in danger.”

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