Vehicle checks on A43 catch Brackley driver suspected of drug offences


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Around half of the vehicles stopped were found not to be fully compliant and roadworthy

A 31-year-old man from Brackley was arrested on suspicion of two drugs offences during a day of checks on the A43 earlier this month.

The one-day operation, on Thursday July 6, was part of a multi-agency move to improve safety on Northamptonshire’s major roads network.

41 goods vehicles were intercepted by officers in marked police cars, and by motorcyclists, before being escorted to the two check sites on the northbound and southbound carriageways of the A43, near Brackley and Towcester, respectively.

At the sites officers from the various agencies checked for offences.   Of those stopped just under half were found to be fully compliant with relevant licences and considered to be in a roadworthy condition.

18 vehicles were issued with immediate prohibition notices which prevented the drivers from continuing their journeys until the defects and offences had been rectified.

A further 8 drivers were allowed to continue their journey, but given an order to correct a default in the next 10 days before the vehicle is inspected again.

The man from Brackley was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drugs and for possession of a Class B drug.   He was released on police bail pending further investigation.

Northamptonshire Police forensic collision investigator and specialist vehicle examiner, PC Chris Gray, said: “Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and it is disappointing that just over half the vehicles stopped were not in a roadworthy condition.

“Improving safety on our roads is a Force priority and with the support from our partners, we will continue to hold these days of action to ensure people using our roads are doing so both legally and responsibly.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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