Operation launched to tackle anti-social behaviour driving on rural roads across Cheshire Date published: 4th July 2016 7.22am

Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a month long operation to tackle anti-social behaviour driving in rural areas following concerns raised from the community.

Operation Drive Safe will start today (Monday, 4 July), with officers from the Roads Policing Team and Local Policing Units visible across villages targeting speeding, no seatbelts, drink and drug driving and the use of hand held technology at the wheel.

Officers will be attending various villages until 4 August speaking to the local community to inform and educate staying safe on roads throughout the summer.

Superintendent Bev Raistrick said: "By listening to the community, Operation Drive Safe allows officers to focus on rural areas that are of most concern to residents and have a positive impact in reducing anti-social behaviour driving.

"While Cheshire has over 200 miles of motorway, a large proportion of roads are rural and we want to ensure residents are not vulnerable to poor road safety often occurred when drivers use these types of roads.

"Over the next month we will tackle these drivers and ensure residents feel safer on the road.

"The community plays a big part in helping us keep rural roads safe and I would encourage members of the public to inform their Local Policing Unit of any concerns they have with anti-social behaviour driving, either by speaking to an officer or by calling 101."

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Over the last few weeks I’ve been out and about talking to members of our communities and through these conversations it has been clear that road safety is a concern for some.

“Communities feeling safe is paramount - I welcome the action of the Constabulary and I am looking forward to seeing the results.

“I would also echo the comments of Superintendent Raistrick; the public have a crucial role to play in helping the Constabulary to keep our roads safe. The information provided by our communities can be vital so please continue to speak to local officers or call 101 where there are concerns.”