Clampdown on anti-social use of vehicles

15 fixed penalty notices were issued during the operation

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 excessive noise.

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 users.”

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