Police continue to put the brakes on dangerous drivers

More than 100 vehicles were stopped by dedicated volunteers in a police road safety operation.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 8:00 am
Police and Special Constables during the road safety operation.

More than 30 Special Constables spent time at Christmas running the campaign to take action against drivers who flout the law.

The volunteers were armed with a speed gun, breathalyser and drug testing kits in a bid to crack down on those driving while under the influence and driving dangerously.

A total of 115 vehicles were stopped, one suspected stolen vehicle was recovered and two people were arrested.

One driver was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle and another was arrested for driving over the prescribed limit of cannabis.

PC Dan McGarrie said: "Weekends of action such as this one show just how important a role the Special Constabulary play in supporting our officers and I’m really proud of the work they do.

"All of our Specials volunteer their own time to keep our communities safe and many of them are at university or in full-time employment.

"It is through their desire to protect the public that they come into the station at a weekend and run an operation such as this one.

"This operation has been a fantastic success with some great results, and I want to thank those who gave up their time and worked extremely hard during this operation to ensure its success.

“They really are a credit to themselves and to the people they serve."

Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary should visit the Northumbria Police careers website or follow @Northumbriapol on Twitter for news of upcoming open days for potential volunteers.