Three vehicles seized and 22 penalty notices given in Hartlepool as volunteer officers step in to help keep town roads safe

Three vehicles were seized and 22 fines issued as volunteer officers ran a successful traffic operation in Hartlepool on bank holiday Monday.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 2:25 pm
The team focused on keeping Hartlepool's road network safe./Photo: Cleveland Police

The team stopped dozens of vehicles and issued more than 20 fixed penalty notices in a day focused on keeping the town’s road network safe.

Forty-two vehicles were stopped with three seized for no tax, 22 fixed penalty notices were given for various traffic offences, as well as two HORTs where drivers must produce their documents, and five vehicle defect rectification scheme notices.

Keeping the road network in and around Hartlepool safe was the aim of the day’s activity, with officers targeting untaxed, uninsured, unregistered or unroadworthy vehicles.

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Three vehicles were seized./Photo: Cleveland Police

They also focused on the ‘fatal four’ offences, which are the leading causes of death and injury on UK roads.

These are speeding, drink/drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, and distracted driving.

Special Inspector Phill Brette of Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Team, who led the operation, said: “This kind of work is key to improving safety for everyone that uses our busy road network.

“It provides an opportunity for volunteers to work together to enforce laws, educate motorists and support our regular colleagues.”

The operation was led by Special Inspector Phill Brette of Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Team./Photo: Cleveland Police

Inspector Brette also added his thanks to Cleveland Police’s welfare van which kept his team fed and watered during their long shift in the warm weather on Monday.

Cleveland Police has 52 Special Constables and 15 volunteers working within neighbourhoods, response, road policing, the dog unit, rural crime, the complex exploitation team and more.

If you would like to become a Cleveland Police volunteer further information, including available opportunities, can be found on the Cleveland Police website www.cleveland.police.uk

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