#OpDarwen campaign continues

Officers from the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit have been carrying out proactive patrols as part of their ongoing #OpDarwen campaign – an annual campaign aimed at promoting driver and rider safety.

The campaign sees officers from the Roads Policing Unit, the Armed Alliance Unit and Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit engage with riders and drivers at popular meeting spots. They also work closely with Dyfed Powys Police along the border routes and colleagues from GoSafe.

Patrols over the weekend saw a number of Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) being issued to motorcyclists and car drivers for a variety of offences, including illegal number plates, contravening white lines and excess speed.

On Saturday officers were joined by a Vehicle Examiner from the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit and an officer from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit who checked vehicles and motorcycles at the roadside in Bala and Betws-y-Coed. A driver who was initially stopped in Bala for not wearing a seatbelt, was discovered to be driving without insurance so his vehicle was seized.

On Saturday afternoon a man was arrested after police were called by a member of the public who had concerns for a child who was seen to be getting into a car. Following enquiries the vehicle was located in the Conwy area and the driver was arrested by a member of the local policing team. He has since been charged with drink driving and will appear before Llandudno Magistrates Court.

On Sunday afternoon three drivers were arrested after failing the roadside drugs test in Llandudno, Dolgarrog and Betws-y-Coed. All three now await the results of further tests. Traffic Offence Reports were also issued to three car drivers caught speeding on the A55 on Sunday – a Porsche driving at 104mph, Mercedes at 100mph and a Ferrari at 97mph.

Superintendent Jane Banham from the Force’s Operational Support Services said: “So far in 2018, tragically we have already seen several fatal and serious collisions on the roads of North Wales. Last year we had eight fatal collisions involving motorcycles and so far this year we’ve had six – and we are only in May.

“Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities. We want people to enjoy coming to North Wales travelling on some great roads, but most of all we want them to ride and drive safely and responsibly. However, all motorists must be aware that North Wales Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our dedicated Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions.

“Our proactive patrols will continue this weekend and we would like to remind everybody that staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle."

Other Roads Policing patrols also saw a van being seized in Queensferry after it was found to be running on red diesel, a drink-driver being charged following a damage-only collision in Mold, a vehicle being seized in Wrexham due to not bring insured and assisting colleagues from local policing across the region with various jobs including locating a stolen van in Llan Ffestiniog.

Anybody who has information regarding people driving or riding under the influence, or who may be committing any other driving offences are urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 or via the live web chat. Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018