Vehicles stopped in Hailsham in road safety campaign

Ten vehicles were stopped in Hailsham yesterday and issued with penalty notices as part of a road safety campaign.

Officers from Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit joined forces with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, East Sussex Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs for an initiative known as Operation Stinger.

A large number of both commercial and private vehicles were stopped. Ten vehicles were issued with notices for a variety of offences including tyre and lighting defects and one vehicle which was more than 50 per cent overweight.

In addition, one driver was arrested for possession of cannabis and was later cautioned. A number of other drivers were reported for offences including using mobiles whilst driving and not having valid driving documents.

Sergeant Dave Morgan from the Roads Policing Unit said: “The offences committed by some drivers were not trivial and posed a significant and real risk to road safety and we are committed to doing as much as we can to reduce that risk to law abiding road users.

“Working with our colleagues from the other agencies enables us to draw upon their specialist knowledge and make a real difference for those living, working or visiting Wealden.”