Hundreds of vehicles stopped in major police operation in Staffordshire

A total of 191 arrests have been made and 1,583 vehicles stopped in a three-week road policing operation in Staffordshire.

Hundreds of cars were stopped
Hundreds of cars were stopped

Officers also seized 249 vehicles for various offences. Operation Lightning was set up to tackle criminals on the roads.

The operation began on September 1 and included a focus on the ‘fatal four’ motoring offences - speeding, mobile phone use, drink and drug use and not wearing a seatbelt.

In total, 684 drivers were reported for multiple vehicle offences, 753 for speed offences and a further 975 will receive advisory letters from our community speed watch partners.

There have been 249 vehicle seizures for varying offences which were disclosed such as drivers using vehicles that were in a dangerous condition or without insurance or an MOT.

There have been 65 positive breath tests and 37 positive drug swipes.

Chief Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams said: “Operation Lightning gathered momentum and has achieved great results with support from volunteers right through to specialist police teams such as dogs and firearms.

“We used a variety of tactics to assist us in cracking down on offenders using the road network and have seized hundreds of cars and made many arrests – including drink driving, possession of controlled drugs and numerous other offences - to ensure our roads networks are safer.”

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