A POLICE stop-and-search operation across the city has hailed the start of a clampdown on motorists who flout the laws of the road.
Police were out in force on Hoole Road, Hough Green and Saughall Road, Blacon checking for drink driving, speeding and a string of other offences.
Around 120 drivers were randomly selected to be breathalysed, produce insurance and licence certificates and given a drink and drug drive leaflet.
Sgt Anton Sullivan of Chester Outer South was joined by two PCs, two trainee officers, a PCSO and a community warden on Hough Green.
“It’s a long straight stretch so people tend to put their foot down,” said Sgt Sullivan.
Police have concentrated their efforts during the festive season, but Sgt Sullivan says they will conduct regular spot checks into 2008.
“Every six weeks to two months we will pick locations around the Chester area,” he said.
“Everybody emphasises drink driving over Christmas but it happens all year round.”
John Eccles, of Priory Close, Penyffordd, Chester, pulled up in a silver Volvo estate on Hough Green and was given the all clear.
He said: “It’s a good idea, especially at this time of year with office parties.”
PC Ian Harding of Chester Outer North, who was based at Hoole Road, said: “There were 10-20 fixed penalty notices issued.
“Most were for seatbelts not being worn and there was one for using a mobile phone.
“Everyone passed the breath test which proves that the educational campaign is working.”
A fixed penalty for using a mobile phone behind the wheel could result in a £60 fine, three points and under guidelines published on Wednesday even a two year jail sentence.