Police Lay in Wait to Catch Nearly 200 Drivers Breaking Rules in Town

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   Two individuals have been apprehended, and nearly 200 road-related offenses were documented as Wiltshire Police focused on drivers in the Trowbridge area during a two-day action this week.

Project Zero - the Wiltshire Police Roads Policing Unit's weekly operation - conducted operations in the town on Wednesday following a local Community Road Safety Day of Action on November 28. 

Local officers reported 98 offenses, while Roads Policing officers, working with the Speed Enforcement Team, identified an additional 83 offenses.

Among these, 67 were excess speed offenses, along with multiple cases of drivers using mobile phones while driving or operating without insurance. One individual was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, and another was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and possession of cannabis. Investigations are ongoing.

Acting Inspector Will Ayres stated, "Project Zero is our targeted day of action held in a different town each week, targeting drivers who commit fatal five offenses – these are driving at excess speed, driving while using a mobile phone, drink/drug driving, driving without a seatbelt, and careless driving."

He also mentioned that an electric motorcycle was utilized to assist in targeting prolific road offenders during this week's operation, proving to be beneficial.

Additionally, December 1 marks the commencement of the Wiltshire Police annual Christmas Drink/Drug Drive campaign, with a clear message: 'Don't Risk It.' The public is urged to plan their journey home in advance. Suspicions of someone driving under the influence can be reported at, 101, or 999 in an emergency.