Police made three arrests and stopped 57 vehicles as part of a multi-agency road traffic operation in Stoke-on-Trent.
The action was taken as part of Operation Lightning - Staffordshire Police’s new roads policing plan, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads and to disrupt and deter criminal use of the road network.
Officers from were accompanied by colleagues from the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, DVSA and Stoke-on-Trent City Council Taxi Licensing.
A total 57 vehicles were directed to a check point on Trentham Road, where they were examined and both driver and vehicle details verified.
During the course of the day, a 32-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of disqualified driving, possessing an offensive weapon, possessing criminal property, and providing a positive road side drug swipe.
A 27-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of disqualified driving and providing a positive road side drug swipe.
A 31-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of providing a positive road side drug swipe.
The three men all remain in custody at the time of writing.
Other action that was taken against other drivers included :
Three drivers had tints removed from windows.
Three drivers were reported for not wearing a seatbelt.
Three vehicles were seized for having no insurance.
Two vehicle defect notices were issued for tyres.
One driver was reported for mobile phone use.
In addition, officers from Stoke-on-Trent City Council Licensing stopped 21 taxis and suspended two taxi licences.
The DVSA issued five vehicles with immediate prohibition notices, three vehicles with delayed prohibition notices and one fixed penalty notice for a bald tyre.
In addition, a static Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership van was deployed and an officer used a calibrated laser gun device to identify a total of 27 speeding vehicles on Lysander Road, Sandon Road and Lightwood Road, following concerns raised by members of the local community.
PC Dan Forster, who oversaw the day of action said: “This multi-agency operation was organised to promote road safety, provide reassurance to the community through a high visibility police presence, and to target any drivers whose behaviour on the road presents a risk to other road users or themselves.
“I’m really pleased with the results and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making the day a success.
“We will continue to promote Operation Lightning through a number of initiatives in the upcoming months, with the aim of keeping Staffordshire’s roads safe for all.”