Police continue to get tough on drivers

TWO Basildon men are due to appear in court later next month (August) after road policing officers launched a dual-hit on dangerous vehicles and criminals in Essex.

Operation Mermaid was conducted in Basildon and Grays (just off the A13) on Thursday, July 12, with officers stopping 169 vehicles throughout the day in a bid to enhance road safety.

One of those drivers stopped was a 33-year-old construction worker. He was subsequently charged with one count of obstructing a police officer, one count of driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, one count of driving without insurance, one count of driving a vehicle with a tyre cord exposed and one count of driving a vehicle without a test certificate. He was released on police bail prior to his appearance at Basildon Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 2.

Later that day, another construction worker was stopped on the A13 and subsequently charged with one count of aggravating vehicle taking relating to an offence in Devon in August 2011. The 24-year-old man was also released on police bail prior to his appearance Plymouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 29.

A further 10 drivers were prosecuted for driving without insurance and had their vehicles seized on the spot, 13 had their licences endorsed with £60 penalty points for driving while using their mobile telephone and a further four for failing to wear their seatbelts.

More than another 100 motorists are in the process of being prosecuted for other driving offences while £1,360 worth of fines were issued to foreign drivers.

Members of the media can obtain the details of the two men due in court on the afternoon prior to their appearances by contacting Essex Police Press Office.

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