Arrests, fines and cautions handed to motorists in surprise operation in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Arrests, fines and cautions handed to motorists in surprise operation in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 19th Sep, 2018   0

POLICE made one arrest, handed out fines and caught more than 20 motorists speeding during a multi-agency operation in Solihull.

Authorities stopped more than 66 motorists for an array of different offences and tested new technology to deter reckless driving.

Some drivers stopped for speeding were offered the chance to use 3D accident simulation headsets as a ‘diversionary tactic’.

The operation took place on the usually busy Chester Road yesterday (September 18).

Solihull council licensing committee, West Midlands Fire Service, local police forces and HMRC were all involved.

Solihull Police Partnerships tweeted: “Today’s Multi Agency Vehicle Exercise is well under way, over 20 motorists stopped for speeding and put through an educational input by West Midlands Fire Service.

“One speeding driver was found to have no insurance, no licence and disqualified from driving.

“66 motorists have been stopped during today’s operation on the Chester Road for a range of offences including no insurance (vehicle seized), no license and disqualified, speeding, no seatbelt and a range of offences committed by taxis.

“Two cautions were given and one arrest was made.”

The force said those who were stopped for speeding were issued fixed penalty notices (three points £100 minimum fine).

The recently appointed superintendent of Solihull Police Richard Agar tested out the 3D headsets and said he was impressed by the realism – and advocated for the technology being used as an educational tool for new drivers.

The force tweeted later on in the day: “Taking part in today’s operation were a range of agencies. All had an interest in vehicles stopped including rogue traders, scrap metal collectors, taxis etc.

“Well done to Chelmsley Wood Police who arrested a male whilst grabbing lunch during a break in our operation, who they recognised as being wanted x3 for harassment and breach of court order #neveroffduty!”

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