Police: ‘We could seize your vehicle’

THE police have warned that they could seize the vehicles of people arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and that the courts could ‘make sure you don’t get them back’.

Vehicle checks at Rue de Prés by States and honorary police as part of Operation Canvas. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30356639)
Vehicle checks at Rue de Prés by States and honorary police as part of Operation Canvas. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30356639)

Six people were arrested on suspicion of committing the offence and 39 people ordered to attend parish-hall inquiries during February as part of a month-long crackdown on anti-social drivers.

Speeds of 70mph and 60mph were recorded in 40mph limits while one motorist was allegedly caught driving at 57mph in a 30mph zone.

A States police campaign – codenamed Operation Canvas – was launched last year to tackle nuisance drivers.

During February, the force carried out a ‘month of action’ as part of the campaign.

Officers stopped 312 vehicles and issued words of advice on 110 occasions. A total of 23 vehicles were referred to Driver and Vehicle Standards, while one vehicle was impounded and three were seized as part of police investigations.

The six motorists arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving have all been released on police bail while investigations continue.

Over the past few months, there has been an increase in complaints about anti-social driving, with some suggesting the Island’s roads were being used as a race track.

Inspector Cathy Davison, lead for roads policing, said: ‘We know that anti-social driving remains a high priority for Islanders so we wanted to show our commitment to tackling this with a month of intense action.

‘Operation Canvas won’t go away and we will continue to use covert and overt tactics to crack down on all illegal and anti-social driving and riding across the Island. Our message to those who continue to use our roads like a race track is: if we catch you driving dangerously, we could seize your vehicle and the courts could make sure you don’t get it back.’

St Helier honorary police recently said that they had caught more than 130 people speeding in the parish during the first two months of the year.

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