A CRACKDOWN on bad driving to cut the numbers of people killed and injured on Isle of Wight roads has been taking place this morning (Tuesday).
A police spokeswoman said they were targeting drivers who used mobile phones at the wheel, drink-drivers, speeding motorists and those not wearing seatbelts.
Dubbed a ring-of-steel, the operation has brought together teams from police, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Vehicle and Operator Standards Agency (VOSA) and Isle of Wight Council to stop and check vehicles.
Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight District Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: "This type of police activity is a routine tactic to disrupt and deter motorists who are breaking the law, putting lives at risk and committing other crimes.
"We’re mindful that such action can disrupt people’s journeys. It is not our intention to delay law-abiding motorists unduly. I’d like to thank any members of the public, who come into contact with today’s operation, for their co-operation and support.
"A crucial aspect of this operation is encouraging people to respect each other’s journeys. By taking responsibility for your own safety and your duty to the safety of other road users, we can significantly reduce fatal or serious injury collisions on the Isle of Wight.
"Sadly there are people out there who don’t take this duty of care seriously and these are the offenders we are determined to stop so the public is protected from harm on the roads.
He added: "Police are grateful for the support of partner agencies during this operation. All forms of criminal use the roads, and our experience tells us that signs of one road traffic offence can lead to more serious crimes being uncovered or prevented."
As part of the operation the Isle of Wight Council’s Benefit Fraud Team will make checks on individuals who claim both DWP Benefit and Housing and Council Tax Benefit.
A spokeswoman said: "This operation is the first time this has been undertaken for a number of years and it highlights that the local authority is committed to combating Benefit Fraud."
Anyone with information about motorists breaking the law can contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.
Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
If you suspect someone of Benefit Fraud please call the hotline number on 01983 823969.