Police focus on road safety

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Police officers throughout Dyfed-Powys continued to focus their efforts on reducing casualties and urging people to make road safety their priority last weekend.

High visibility patrols and speed checks were carried out on the main routes used by bikers as part of ongoing Op Darwen. Op Darwen aims to engage with motorcyclists – educating and enforcing where necessary in order to tackle anti-social and dangerous riding of some motorcyclists.

Throughout the weekend approximately 120 motorcycles were stopped, with 71 riders found to be committing road traffic offences. A total of 39 of these were excess speed.

Three motorcycles were seized for having no insurance, five offences detected relating to driving licence, and the remainder were related to construction and use.

Motorists were also equally targeted, 59 were dealt with for traffic offences, with 36 for excessive speed.

Other offences detected included using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seat belts, no insurance and construction and use offences, 230 breath tests were carried out.

T/Supt Ieuan Matthews said: “Road safety and casualty reduction is a priority for our roads policing officers who see the consequences of road tragedies all too often. Road safety is the responsibility of each and every road user whatever vehicle they drive. There is no excuse for any motorists or motorcyclists taking risks on the roads that could lead to serious injury or death to themselves or others on our roads – and they will not be tolerated.”

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