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Dozens of people arrested and more than 100 vehicles seized in Staffordshire road safety crackdown

A total of forty-five people were killed in road crashes in Staffordshire last year resulting in a major road safety crackdown.

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The six-week Look Again campaign resulted in 70 arrests across the county after being launched on March 18.

Staffordshire Police said of the arrests made, 18 were on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, 15 on suspicion of drink driving and three on suspicion of dangerous driving,.

It comes as part of Look Again, a dedicated road safety campaign which was launched by the force on March 18.

Throughout the six-week period patrol officers also seized 125 vehicles, recovered 37 stolen vehicles and carried out 117 stop and searches along with 176 breath tests and drug swipes.

Officers also issued 316 traffic offence reports against drivers for offences including not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel and travelling at excess speeds.

Supt Mat Derrick, from the Staffordshire Police Roads Policing Unit said: "The consequences of dangerous and poor driving habits can be life-changing for everyone involved.

"Each of last year’s 45 tragic fatalities in the county is somebody’s loved one; somebody’s child, a sister or a brother, a parent or grandparent.

"Although our officers, including those from our dedicated RPU, target this kind of unacceptable behaviour 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Look Again campaign has effectively highlighted the long-lasting and far-reaching impact it can have on so many lives."

Supt Derrick also said that almost half of the serious or fatal road accidents in Staffordshire last year were caused by "driver error".

He added: "We will continue to focus on making our roads safer and enforcing our zero-tolerance approach to those whose standard of driving puts others in danger."

Fatal crashes included incidents on January 14 where a man died and two other people injured after a collision involving a black Vauxhall Corsa and a blue Toyota Avensis in Cannock Road in Pillaton near Penkridge. On December 21 a woman died and three others hurt after a collision involving a Kia and a black BMW on the A5 in Cannock.

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