More than 50 drivers caught in police operation
DRINK-DRIVERS, drug users and a wanted man were all caught as part of a crackdown on motorists.
A police-led operation in Plympton and Plymouth saw a number of motorists caught for a range of offences.
Operation Juggler took place earlier this week, with check points set up in Vicarage Road and Edwards Drive, off Glen Road in Plympton, and Billacombe Road and Finnegan Road in Plymstock.
Police units were joined by representatives from Trading Standards, VOSA, HM Customs and Excise and Plymouth City Council waste licensing officers.
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The teams targeted everything from illegal use of red diesel and unlicensed waste carriers to rogue traders, metal thieves and untaxed drivers.
A spokesman for police said that over the two day operation a total of 175 vehicles were stopped.
Of those, 50 drivers received fixed penalty notices and three were fined for having no insurance.
Two more motorists received summons for minor traffic offences, eight were ordered to rectify defects on their vehicles and two were arrested.
One of those was for drink driving and the other because he was wanted on a warrant issued by police in Scotland.
Two further drivers received cannabis warnings and two more were reported for failing to have their vehicle taxed.
Plymouth City Council's taxi inspector was also in attendance, forcing one driver to cease trading until a wheel was fixed and another warned for driving with a damaged windscreen and faulty side light.
Two drivers were also fined £250 for illegally using red diesel and officers from VOSA issued eight advisory notice tickets.
A police spokesman said: "The aim of Operation Juggler was to target a range of offences on the road.
"Working side by side with our partner agencies enables us to gather a lot of intelligence about offences taking place on our roads."
Police officers, using Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment, were also able to feed in intelligence gathered in an attempt to track drivers and vehicles of interest, such as cars without MOT, insurance or drivers without licences.