Police in Norfolk stopped more than 80 vehicles and detected more than 145 offences during a crackdown on commercial vehicles.

The week-long operation, which began on March 15, coincided with a national campaign led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Officers from the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team and the Road Casualty Reduction Team carried out extra patrols, in marked and unmarked vehicles concentrating on offences committed by commercial vehicle drivers.

Checks were carried out across the strategic road network with enforcement taking place along the A11 and A47.

In Norfolk, 81 vehicles were stopped, with 147 offences being detected. 131 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were issued, with some drivers having committed more than one offence. 

Drivers issued with TORs were dealt with for a number of offences including speeding, using a mobile phone, dangerous driving, failing to wear a seat belt, insecure loads and vehicle defects.

Temporary Chief Inspector Jon Chapman said: “It is extremely disappointing to see a number of drivers being dealt with for the fatal four offences which include speeding, driving without a seatbelt, driving whilst using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving. 

“As we continue to reiterate, these offences increase the chance of being involved in a serious or even fatal collision.

 “These campaigns give us the opportunity to target drivers who are putting not only their own safety at risk, but also the safety of other road users at risk and we will continue to take enforcement action against anyone who is flouting the law.”