Early success for Moorlands Police in Operation Lightning

POLICE in the Staffordshire Moorlands report early success in the early stages of their engagement in Operation Lightning, which is focused on motorists travelling on county's road network.

The month-long exercise involves targeting criminals on the move and taking positive action against reckless drivers in an attempt to reduce in the number of road deaths and serious injuries

Officers and focusing on the ‘fatal four’ motoring offences that are major causes of death and serious injury - speeding, mobile phone use, drink and drug use and not wearing a seatbelt.

Operation Lightning sprung into action at the start of this week and saw Moorlands officers quickly achieve positive results.

A motorist was stopped in the Leek area on suspicion of drink driving and was found to be just under twice the legal limit.

Four vehicles not insured have also been seized and the drivers dealt with after being stopped in Meerbrook, Biddulph, Bradnop and Cellarhead.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman warned: " Police will use all tactical methods available to them including high-visibility patrols, unmarked patrols, covert patrols, drones, motorcycles equipped with speed detection and video recording equipment and mobile safety camera vans.

The National Police Air Service helicopter and aeroplane will also be used to assist in the capture of footage and evidence of speeding motorists and bikers".

Operation Lightning is being run by Staffordshire Police alongside partners including the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and the Community Speed Watch Scheme.

Picture: One of the four vehicles without insurance which was seized.


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