The results of the week of action against uninsured drivers are in – and almost 70 people have been stopped and dealt with for breaking the law on Lancashire’s roads.
Lancashire Police took part in the national initiative – codenamed Op Drive Insured – to clamp down on those who drive without insurance, a licence or an MOT.
Over the course of the week, between November 15th and 21st, we stopped a total of 55 uninsured drivers, seven drivers without a licence and another seven who had neither.
Insp Rob Conolly-Perch, of the Lancashire Police Roads Policing Team, said: “Over the course of a normal month we stop between 100 and 200 drivers for not having insurance so we know that some people think the law just doesn’t apply to them. This last week was about showing those people that they will not get away with it.
“During the week we had dedicated teams all over the county stopping drivers and checking their details. As a result 69 people will now face the full force of the law.
“We appreciate that this issue bothers people because law-abiding motorists pay their insurance premiums but then get stung if they’re involved in a collision with an uninsured driver.
“We also know that people who drive uninsured are more likely to be involved in other crimes, be it using an unsafe vehicle, driving while disqualified or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“We hope the fact we have acted on this issue sends send a message that we will not stand for people making the county’s roads less safe. If you don’t have the right documentation we will catch up with you.”
Anybody who is found to be driving without insurance could get a fixed penalty notice, six points on their licence or even have their car seized. They could also end up with a criminal record and if the case goes to court could receive a driving ban and an unlimited fine.
You can check if your car is showing as insured at www.askmid.com.
Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Those who don’t follow the law and recklessly drive without insurance, a licence or an MOT are putting themselves and others at risk, so it is great news that a number of drivers, who have been found breaking the law, have been stopped and dealt with.
"Tackling dangerous driving in all its forms is a key priority and this will be reflected in my Police and Crime Plan. Proactive policing like this, which targets those selfish and irresponsible drivers who break the law and make our roads less safe, is a key part of the work happening to get tough on crime.
“I am committed to getting tough on criminals and keeping people safe as I lead the fight against crime, ensuring that we make the best use of our resources and get the additional officers, funded through the Government’s uplift programme, onto Lancashire’s streets.”