Police and DVA road operation a success, says Newry PSNI

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Friday, June 21st, 2013
Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team joined with Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) Enforcement Officers to conduct a road safety operation on Saturday evening, 4th May. The operation was conducted with the aim of detecting illegal or unroadworthy taxis and buses, unsafe and unroadworthy cars and motorcycles, and motoring offences in general. A number of vehicles were checked and found to have defects. Prohibition notices were issued and one person was reported to the PPS. Defects included defective suspension, lights and tyres. Constable Conor Valentine Newry NPT said, “This was a very successful operation and sends out a clear message that police and DVA will work together to improve road safety and prevent defective vehicles being driven on our roads. “This partnership approach allows us to bring together a range of different skills, knowledge and legal powers to make the maximum amount of detections. Our aim in carrying out these operations is to keep people safe on the roads and to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads . “The responsibility is on motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy and comply with current legislation. In addition to fixed penalty notices and referral to the Public Prosecution Service, police also have the power to request a preliminary breath test from a driver if an offence is committed. Constable Valentine added, “We will continue to work with DVA and plan to conduct similar road safety operations in the near future. We will continue to do everything in our power to make the roads safer for everyone.”
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