'Fatal Four' road safety campaign hailed a success after 150 vehicles stopped
12 Aug | 16:33

A weekend of action ran by a group of Special Constables saw 150 vehicles stopped in a crackdown on road safety.

More than 30 Special Constables volunteered their time last weekend to run the campaign, and battled through wind and rain dedicating a combined total of 260 hours.

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

And now officers have revealed that a total of 150 vehicles were stopped and six vehicles were seized as part of the operation tackling the ‘Fatal Four’.

The 'Fatal Four' are the four most common reasons why a death occurs on the road and includes drink and drug driving, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt.

As part of the operation the Special Constables also carried out three stop and searches, 25 breathalyser tests and reported over 12 motorists for various driving offences including not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and failing to stop at a red light.

Officers also arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of driving whilst unfit.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt, the force's operational lead for volunteers, thanked all those who volunteered at the weekend for "keeping the public safe".

She 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.

"It was torrential rain this weekend with many areas flooding due to the weather but these officers gave up a warm night indoors to help keep communities and our roads safe.

"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."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “It’s fantastic to hear how successful this operation has been.

“Our police volunteers give up so much of their own time and they really are a credit to the public and themselves.

“I want to thank all those who volunteered – I know our roads are much safer thanks to them.”

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.

If you suspect that someone is breaking the rules of the road then please contact us on 101 or using our online contact form at our website www.northumbria.police.uk.



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