Police release SHOCK driving statistics for vehicles with ‘dangerous defects’

More than HALF of all vehicles stopped during the Northumbria Police Christmas crackdown had dangerous flaws.

In early December, Northumbria Police pledged their support for the annual Christmas with Drinking and Drugs and Driving Campaign led by the National Council of Chiefs of Police (NPCC).

Register to our NewcastleWorld Today newsletter

Newsletter cut through the noise

Each year, forces across the country participate in a crackdown on motorists under the influence of alcohol and drugs as the holiday season approaches.

In addition to checking whether drivers were fit to get behind the wheel, teams also cracked down on those who drive vehicles in poor condition and put other road users at risk.

Motorized patrol officers and the Operation Dragoon team continued to be deployed throughout the region to arrest those suspected of driving under the influence.

The campaign ended on December 23, and the Force has now revealed that 55% of stopped vehicles had dangerous defects, including defective fire extinguishers and tires, incorrect or missing documents, and defective or obscured warning signs.

As part of the activity, a total of 106 vehicles were stopped and 58 drivers received prohibition notices.

Seven of those who received notifications were carrying dangerous goods that were not secured / stored properly, including gasoline, acid and radioactive material.

Sergeant Glen Robson of the Northumbria Police Motorized Patrol Department condemned the actions of those he said “put lives at risk”.

He said: “It should not be underestimated how dangerous it is to drive in a faulty and damaged vehicle for the driver and for other road users.

“We are never happy to have to issue bans for these types of offenses because it means they put lives at risk.

“Failure to bother to check your vehicle before a trip or to keep it in good repair can result in a death that leaves a family devastated and ruin your own life. “

When a prohibition notice is issued, the vehicle cannot be driven immediately and any identified defect must be repaired on site or the vehicle will be towed.

Anyone wishing to report information about a faulty vehicle traveling on our roads, or having onboard camera footage of dangerous driving, can do so online at the Northumbria Police website.