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Police Make Roads No-Go Areas for Criminals

November 22, 2012, 2:01 pm

Greater Manchester Police will be targeting dangerous drivers and those using the roads for criminal activities in a day of action tomorrow (Thursday 22 November) in south Manchester.

Officers will be joined by staff from HM Customs checking for vehicles using red or green diesel illegally and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) inspecting HGVs for roadworthiness and driver regulations.  Licensing officers will be checking that taxis are being operated safely within licensing regulations.

The high profile operation has been put together to tackle two of the Forces priorities this year, road safety under Operation Dice and metal theft under Operation Alloy.

Officers, that include Special Constables, Roads Policing Officers and Traffic PCSOs will be checking for drivers speeding, using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts or driving without due care and attention. The clampdown on dangerous driving comes in the wake of 75 road deaths in 2011 in Greater Manchester, a 42 per cent increase on the previous year.

Criminals using the roads to transport stolen metals and other goods will also be targeted in the wide ranging operation.  Enforcement actions such as these have helped reduce metal theft by more than 50 per cent in the last year.

Inspector Adam Greenslade who is leading the day of action said: “Operations such as this are vital in disrupting criminal activity and targeting dangerous drivers who put everyones life at risk by using unroadworthy, often untaxed and uninsured vehicles.

“Along with our colleagues from licensing, Customs and VOSA we will be checking drivers and vehicles for a wide range of infringements to make our roads crime-free  places for all law-abiding citizens to use in safety.”

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