Traffic operation held with our partners leads to two arrests
A traffic operation held in Southend saw two people arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
Officers from our Casualty Reduction Section held a dedicated operation on Thursday, November 2, alongside colleagues from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) and Essex County Council. The operation aimed to reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads by using a combination of engagement and enforcement.
During the operation, a 32-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. He has been released pending further enquiries.
The second arrest was a 52-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Bryn Driscoll of Leicester Avenue, Rochford was later charged and is due to appear before Southend Magistrates’ Court on January 8.
The rest of the day saw 34 people dealt with for failing to wear a seatbelt. Seven drivers were found to be driving while using their mobile phone. Each driver was given six points and a fine.
Seven drivers were dealt with because the text on their number plates didn’t meet legal requirements. Five drivers were found to be driving without valid insurance and had their cars seized.
A further three drivers were dealt with for driving without a valid driving licence. One driver was found to be driving without a valid MOT
Our officers, ECFRS and Essex County Council colleagues spoke to a number of drivers throughout the day to give advice to drivers.
Matt Hine, Operational Tasking Supervisor at the Casualty Reduction Section, said: “We carry out regular operations like this across the county with our partners to detect drivers using the roads illegally and to deal with them by way of enforcement and education. We all have the same goal to ensure the safety of everyone using our roads in Essex
“If you see us on your travels and have any questions, please approach us as we are on hand to help you.”