More Driver Checks Likely As St Mary’s Police Receive Specialist Training

police landroverScilly’s Policing team is to receive specialist training in traffic offences.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says traffic concerns are one of the biggest complaints from islanders and he’s responding to what people are asking for.

It follows a recent stepping up of motoring ‘stop-check’ exercises on St Mary’s.

Colin says his team have pulled over 57 drivers in the past few weeks.

While none of them have blown over the legal drink-drive limit, he says over 20 vehicles had defects, like damaged tyres or failed lights, and some drivers weren’t wearing seat belts.

Traffic Officer, PC Mike Gamble, will be visiting the islands for a week on 21st October.

Colin says it will be a chance for the local police to work side-by-side with an experienced colleague and pick up new skills.

This includes looking into other offences while talking to the person who has been pulled over.

Colin says there will be more roadside checks in the run up to Christmas.

As well as looking at drink driving offences, they’ll also be checking vehicles’ roadworthiness and whether the correct tax and insurance is in place.



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