Solihull gets road safety boost thanks to criminals cash - The Solihull Observer

Solihull gets road safety boost thanks to criminals cash

Solihull Editorial 8th May, 2024   0

SOLIHULL police have been given a boost in the battle to keep the borough’s roads safe thanks to new equipment paid for with money which has been taken from offenders.

More than £65,000 has been released to West Midlands Police through the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) fund to purchase equipment to help catch suspects who flee from crime scenes as well as snare people who speed and drink drive.

Across the force 28 stingers, (tyre deflation devices), 42 window tint testers, (utilised for illegal tints on windscreens and front windows which criminals use to conceal their identity), 24 alcohol breath kits and 15 more speed detection devices have been purchased.

Of that Solihull Local Policing Area has been handed six window tint testers, three more stingers, two speed detection devices and three roadside breath test kits.

The force says tese will be utilised around Op Triton promoting road safety.

Op Triton is a crackdown on dangerous and reckless driving which was launched in August last year following a spate of serious incidents on the region’s roads.

Partners and different authorities have committed to action to build a safer city for all road users.

Chief Inspector Rebecca Barnsley, from force traffic and safer travel, said: “We now have even greater capability to safely stop target vehicles and reduce criminality on the roads.

“It’s all the more satisfying that we will be catching criminals due to cash which has been recovered from them.

“We are determined to ensure our West Midlands road are safe and this investment will take us one step closer to achieving that goal.”


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