Police launch crackdown on short-cut motorists

Clampdown on rat run drivers in Chester

PC Dan Saxon guards Duke Street in an attempt to clamp down on drivers racing through the residential area to jump the Bridge Street lights
PC Dan Saxon guards Duke Street in an attempt to clamp down on drivers racing through the residential area to jump the Bridge Street lights

Impatient motorists are breaking the law as they attempt to jump city centre traffic lights by cutting through residential estates, say police.

Over the past few weeks dozens of residents living in Park Street and Duke Street have been contacting the police as motorists use their estate as a ‘rat run’.

Now police have launched a special operation in an attempt to clamp down on the impatient motorists who are breaking the law by violating a no entry sign during the short-cut.

Over the past month, police have issued fixed penalty notices to drivers breaching the traffic regulation, including a taxi driver during Operation Kayes, led by PC Dan Saxon.

Sergeant Andy Burrage, of Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “This operation is another resident led initiative to target problem driving reported by the community.

“The contravention of the ‘no entry’ prohibition at this location is not just causing noise and traffic nuisance to local residents, it is also dangerous given the sharp turn offending vehicles have to make into the path of other vehicles driving legally up Duke Street.

“The operation will continue into the New Year, so to avoid points and a fine I encourage drivers to take the legal route via the Bridge Street lights.”

And police are urging residents to nominate their area for extra policing to help resolve traffic problems by using the NPU’s Facebook page or reporting the matter at the Town Hall Police Station.

 
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