Scores of drivers snared in Maple Cross police camera crackdown

Scores of drivers snared in Three Rivers police crackdown

Scores of drivers snared in Three Rivers police crackdown

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

More than 50 drivers were stopped in Maple Cross as part of a major police crackdown on drivers breaking the law.

Hertfordshire Constabulary teamed up with the Metropolitan Police using number plate recognition cameras in Denham Way to identify motorists who did not have any insurance, were driving while on the phone and operating vehicles unfit for road use.

Officers stopped and checked more than 50 vehicles on Friday, May 23 between 4pm and 8pm.

Action was taken against 31 drivers who were given a £60 fixed penalty notice for not wearing their seat belt or using a mobile phone whilst driving.

One vehicle was seized for having no insurance and five more were found to be defective and received notice to repair them.

All the vehicles were flagged up on the Automatic Number Plate Reader (ANPR) system.

Police Constable Christian Gottman led the operation and said: "We regularly carry out these operations with our colleagues in neighbouring police forces and they are a useful tool to deter any potential offenders planning to commit crime, such as burglary and other acquisitive crime, in Three Rivers.

"Experience with ANPR has revealed very strong links between the use of motor vehicles on the road and criminality so it is a great tool to detect and remove serious criminals including burglars, robbers, drug dealers and fraudsters - and unsafe vehicles and unsafe drivers from the roads.

"We will continue to work closely with our neighbouring forces, using all the tools we have to prevent crime and deny criminals the use of the roads."

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11:41am Tue 3 Jun 14

garston tony says...

Just waiting for the comments about cash cow motorists and the police needing to due 'real' policing instead.

I'd just point out that motorists are only 'cash cows' if they break the law, and if they break the law then it is the polices job to do something about it.

Cars have the potential to cause death and destruction if not driven and maintained properly, it baffles me why so many people think it is wrong of the authorities to enforce the laws that keep us all (including drivers) safe
Just waiting for the comments about cash cow motorists and the police needing to due 'real' policing instead. I'd just point out that motorists are only 'cash cows' if they break the law, and if they break the law then it is the polices job to do something about it. Cars have the potential to cause death and destruction if not driven and maintained properly, it baffles me why so many people think it is wrong of the authorities to enforce the laws that keep us all (including drivers) safe garston tony
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5:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

latexjeans29 says...

No yet Tony. Tee hee chortle.
No yet Tony. Tee hee chortle. latexjeans29
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