Police blitz M6 bad drivers after seven deaths in two years
Police have hit the M6 today to put the brakes on bad drivers – and target criminals. Cheshire Police are also driving a HGV on the motorway to help give cops a better view into the cabs of rule-breaking truckers. The operation comes as the force looks to not only reduce the number of collisions on the motorway but to tackle criminals travelling in, out, and through the county.
More crime news This morning patrol cars, bikes, and the HGV hit the road following a briefing near Sandbach Services as Operation Enforcing was officially unveiled. Prior to today’s formal launch this dedicated crackdown has been running since the start of the month with the force’s roads and crime unit dishing out 149 traffic reports for a variety of misdemeanours as well as seizing nine vehicles.
Senior officers say the Cheshire stretch of the M6 has sadly seen seven people killed in fatal collisions while 18 people have been left seriously injured in the last two years.
Inspector Anton Sullivan and Superintendent Jon Betts (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
In the spotlight are the ‘fatal five’ – careless driving, driving while under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone, and speeding. Meanwhile specialist officers from the regional commercial unit – made up of cops from Greater Manchester Police, Merseyside Police and Cheshire – were checking up on trucks. Using ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) technology, officers were also looking to put the brakes on criminals travelling in and out of the area.
Inspector Anton Sullivan said: “The operation is about safety on the roads of Cheshire – primarily the M6 which is one of the main arterial routes through the country. “We have seen an increase in collisions resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. This operation is designed to try to stop such incidents from happening.
We want people to reach where they need to be safely. “My officers go to far too many collisions – and many of them are avoidable. This is not just a one day operation we will be out regularly.”
Officers in the HGV (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
Inspector Sullivan has witnessed the devastation caused by fatal crashes.
He said: “Not only do you have the victim and their family but there is also the person whose decision making while driving has caused it to happen. It’s a chain of events which cannot just be undone.” Officers have come across motorists tuning their radio while balancing a coffee – and even trimming their nose hair.
He added: “Even when people are using hands-free and they don’t think they are distracted – I’d ask them to recount the journey they have made and they wouldn’t be able to do so – which tells you they are on autopilot. More stories Grotty Hanley council flats to be bulldozed to make way for 266 homes
Coked-up dad did a runner after police chase car crash “People with dashcams do send us their footage and we will act on that information. “We are also visible on the roads to stop criminals who are trying to come into Cheshire and by being out on the roads and making the stops we are able to do this.”
The team also patrols routes off the M6 with the HGV to check truck drivers are not being distracted. They are also keeping an eye out for unroadworthy cars, vans and trucks with those vehicles today being taken to a depot by Sandbach Services where they were checked over. In addition officers were also making sure truckers weren’t exceeding their driving hours.
Superintendent Jon Betts addresses the officers. (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
Superintendent Jon Betts is head of road policing for the Cheshire force.
He told StokeonTrentLive: “Today sees the public launch of Operation Enforcing. It has been running for seven days now and in that time we have given out 149 tickets and seized nine vehicles. “Too many collisions are avoidable and too often we see the consequences of poor decision making.
“Our key message is we support responsible road users – and we are here to keep the roads safe for everyone. If you are one of those people who drives in the wrong manner we will take enforcement action.” Not signed up to the newsletter?
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