The drivers stopped by police on our roads from 'race track' speeders to drug takers
It’s a busy job trying to keep our roads safe and some drivers like to make it more difficult than it should be. This week, Humberside Police are launching a crackdown campaign on law-breaking drivers by using unmarked lorries to catch them. This follows a busy month with officers stopping drivers who use East Yorkshire roads like a “race track” and those who drive around the region with drugs and weapons.
March started with officers pulling over an “unorganised” driver who had not taxed his vehicle when it was due on July 31 last year. To sign up for breaking news from Hull Live to your inbox, click here.
The car’s MOT also expired a month later and officers also discovered that the car had not been insured since May 2020, with the driver’s excuse being “he was very bad at organising”. On March 6, police stopped a car that was using the roads on the outskirts of Hull as a “race track”.
The driver was caught speeding well in excess of the 50mph speed limit on the A164 near Cottingham – driving at 147mph. Humber Roads Police tweeted: “Vehicle stopped on the A164 at Cottingham due to excess speed. This speed of 147mph was recorded in a 50mph limit.
Some drivers were stopped after using the East Yorkshire roads as a race track (Image: Humberside Police)
“Public roads are not a race track.
“Driver reported to court and can fully expect to lose their licence.” Police regularly have to deal with drivers who use the roads like a race track and not realising how fast you are going is not an excuse that will fly with officers. One driver was pulled over on the M62 on the morning of March 17 after he was caught driving at 96mph at 5.30am.
“Clearly exceeding the speed limit but the driver didn’t realise the speed he was travelling at,” Humber Roads Police tweeted along with the hashtag #noexcuse. Police also received the blood test results for a driver who had tested positive in a drug wipe for cocaine late last year. The results revealed that the driver was ten times over the cocaine limit and they will now expect an appearance in court and a disqualification from driving.
Police will stop HGV drivers who don’t secure their load (Image: Humberside Police)
Later in March police attended the scene of a three-vehicle road traffic collision in Beverley where the driver of the offending vehicle tested positive for cannabis and cocaine.
Officers await the blood test results. Humberside Police have also had to deal with a number of HGV drivers who made no effort in trying to secure their loads. One lorry was found with a loose pallet truck sliding around in a curtain sided trailer with one follower saying: “It would be curtains for someone if that came loose and smashed through their windscreen.
The driver of this vehicle was arrested in Hayton after police found drugs and weapons inside (Image: Humberside Police)
Officers also stopped a flatbed truck carrying an overweight load that included a unsecured cement mixer and bricks.
On March 18, traffic officers stopped a dangerous vehicle in Hayton which had no insurance or MOT and the driver had no licence.
That was not all though, as further checks led to the driver get taken away in handcuffs after officers discovered drugs and offensive weapons in the vehicle.
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