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A74 drivers crackdown

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By Zachary Hannay
Annan and Eskdale
A74 drivers crackdown

A ROAD safety operation conducted by police at Gretna Services at the start of this week found drivers committing a range of offences.

A total of 56 vehicles were stopped by police on the A74 motorway at Welcome Break Gretna Green on Monday, between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm.

Road policing officers were assisted by a range of partner agencies, including SEPA, HMRC and DVSA to ensure road worthiness of vehicles using what is a very busy route.

By the end of the patrol, five people were subject to reports to the procurator fiscal for road traffic offences.

In addition, ten prohibition notices were issued for defects, seven of these were immediate notices which stopped the vehicle being used until the issues are rectified.

Other offences detected included issues with driver hours and overweight vehicles, one being 40 per cent over its maximum gross weight.

Furthermore, advisory and warning notices were issued and insurance offences detected.

Commenting, Constable Christopher Wightman said: “Road safety is a priority for us and these successful operations where we work alongside our partner agencies highlight our commitment to addressing this issue.

“We will continue to carry out regular patrols on the A74(M) and take enforcement action when necessary.”

Meanwhile, after the police posted about the results on social media, one individual commented: “Whilst it is good that our police service are actively targeting cars that are unworthy for the road, it would be lovely if taxpayers’ money was spent ensuring that the roads are car-worthy.

“I would personally like to see this kind of multi agency collaboration invested in community policing to tackle antisocial behaviour and improved emergency response to 999 calls.”

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