Police warning after A19 crackdown

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POLICE are warning heavy goods vehicle drivers who flout the law that they will be caught after a dual-carriageway crackdown.

Almost 43 per cent of vans and lorries stopped on the A19 during a joint Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary were found to be committing an offence.

Inspector Mick Little, head of Cleveland Police roads policing unit, said: “The number of offences we detected during the operation shows that there are still a number of drivers who continue to flout the law, therefore these kinds of operations are essential.

“Cleveland and Durham police will continue, along with our partner agencies, to clamp down on these offenders and make our roads safer.”

In total, 28 vehicles were examined and 12 offences were detected in Operation Mermaid, that took place between 8pm-1.30am on Thursday, March 10, on the A19 and adjoining A-roads.

Offences included four vehicles with faulty headlights, one seat belt offence, one defective tyre, two faulty rear lights and one overweight vehicle.

One vehicle was seized after it was found to have no insurance and one vehicle was found to have red diesel in its tank.

Agencies including the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and HM Revenue and Customs also took part in the crackdown.