An operation to crackdown on rogue drivers in Cheshire East has been hailed a success by Cheshire Police.

Operation Contender was run by Specials to help raise public awareness of traffic offences across the county.

The initiative targeted the use of mobile phones, speeding and other road related offences identified officers or by automatic number plate recognition (or ANPR).

Special Chief Inspector Simon Dixon said: “When we talk to members of the public, people using mobile phones while driving is in the top three complaints.

“With the help of Police Constables, the Special Constabulary has taken proactive measures to improve road safety in Cheshire .”

Specials Constable Martin Toner, who completed his training and his passing out parade, said: “People have the perception that traffic offences are minor crimes, but they can have serious consequences.

“This was my first traffic operation. By carrying out enforcements such as these, the police are actively doing something to reduce traffic related offences and warning the public that they are not tolerated.”

More than 40 Special Constables were on duty during the two-day operation, with a number of drivers stopped for incidents ranging from use of mobile phones to driving without insurance and revoked licenses.

Cheshire Police is calling on more people to apply to join the Special Constabulary.

For more information, visit www.cheshire.police.uk

One Comment

  1. If Police were checking on Mobile phone use in vehicles in Nantwich area they certainly are not putting off an awful lot of people doing this dangerous practise as I see it every day along Queens Drive and out and about around the town centre.Also speeding, this is a constant worry in the area as Police presence is so scarce drivers choosy to simply ignore any legal speed requirement, which as we all know makes crossing roads dangerous but it also increases noise pollution which is a real nuisance when trying to sleep at night……and to think Nantwich is sold to the people outside the area as a pretty Market Town…yeah!

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