Clampdown on anti-social use of vehicles
20 September 2013
A joint operation to clampdown on anti-social use of
motor vehicles in Stowmarket has led to a man being charged and
over 15 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) being issued.
The evening of action was held on Saturday 14 September with the
Roads Policing Unit and Suffolk County Council Road Safety Officers
on hand to engage with young drivers of cars and mopeds,
highlighting the dangers of defective or modified vehicles, as well
as driving under the influence of substances.
Robert Bennett, aged 64, of Quinton Road, Needham Market was
arrested during the evening in Gipping Way and was subsequently
charged with drink driving. He has been bailed to West Suffolk
Magistrates Court on Tuesday 1 October.
One individual was issued two tickets for possessing a class B
drug and a public order offence. A further 15 FPNs were issued
for illegal tyres, defective lights, defective exhausts and
Acting Sergeant Andrew Martin from Stowmarket and Mid Suffolk
South Safer Neighbourhood Teams said: “The use of anti-social
vehicles and driving manner in and around Stowmarket are on-going
concerns for residents and visitors.
“This operation was not only intended to deter drivers from
illegal modifications, but also educate them as to the associated
risks of driving under the influence of substances which can cause
them to drive in an anti-social manner as well.
“Vehicles not conforming to the law cannot only be anti-social
but can also be dangerous to those using them and other road
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