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Posted on 11:52:00 on 8th April 2021

Officers from the force’s roads policing team and from the north and Eden proactive teams ran Operation Locality over the easter weekend (2nd – 4th April) aiming to reduce the number of road traffic collisions in the Eden, Hartside and Alston. 

Historically the force has seen an increase in the number of casualties over the Easter period due to influx in visitors to Cumbria.

Speed camera vans were placed in Alston and Hartside and were a successful presence to reduce the number of speeding offences.

On the evening officers targeted antisocial driving in Penrith and the surrounding area targeting drives who were speeding and driving carelessly.

During the operation 30 drivers were found speeding, driving without due care and attention, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and various mechanical issues including excessive noise from the exhaust.

A 42-year-old was arrested on suspicion of various motoring offences and bailed to appear at Carlisle magistrates Court. Three drivers were also reported to appear at court and numerous intelligence information was gathered.

Inspector Steve Vickers from the Mobile Support Group said “This operation has had a clear impact on reducing those speeding through the visible police presence of our speed camera vans.

“As restrictions lift and the weather improves more people will be on our roads. It’s important that drivers take responsibility for their actions and drive to the conditions of the roads and be vigilant for other road users.

“Unfortunately, we see the devastating impact that collisions can have not just on individuals, but their families and communities. We will continue to be proactive in targeting those putting others at risk."


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