More than 400 traffic offences were detected by Kent Police and its partners in one day as part of Global Road Safety Week.

On Friday 19 May 2023 dedicated patrols from the force’s Roads Policing Unit and Road Safety Unit took part in an operation targeting road-users in Medway who pose a risk to themselves and others. They were supported by officers from the Rural Task Force, Proactive Targeting Team and Special Constabulary, with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Medway Council’s taxi licensing and commercial waste teams also taking part.

A total of 372 speeding offences were identified whilst 30 other motorists were reported for offences including not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel. A further 10 vehicles were seized for being either uninsured or untaxed.


Officers patrolling in Gillingham also arrested two men in their 40s on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of cocaine. Both have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Meanwhile, Community Speedwatch volunteers held 99 sessions across Kent on the same day and observed more than 1,400 speeding motorists who will receive letters reminding them of the need to drive responsibly.

Chief Inspector Craig West, Head of Roads Policing, said: ‘Road safety is a year-round priority for Kent Police and we do not hesitate to take action against anyone whose actions risk causing a serious collision.

‘Speeding, using an electronic device at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and driving under the influence of drink or drugs are what lead to the most deaths and injuries on our roads, but there are other risks too such as driving vehicles with underinflated tyres, insecure loads or no MOT.

‘All motorists have a responsibility to ensure they drive safely and to the rules of the road. Otherwise they risk being stopped by my officers and receiving a fine or court summons.’

Councillor Simon Curry, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Strategic Regeneration, including Road Safety, said: ‘We all have a responsibility to help keep our roads safe. There is no excuse for speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using your mobile phone whilst driving.

‘These actions can have a devastating impact on a number of people’s lives – including your own.’

By Ed

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