POLICE say it's the end of the road for law-breaking motorists.
Officers in Vale Royal have joined a specialist road policing team which has been launched.
They have undergone extensive training and are now ready to put their foot down against offenders and are being assigned to road incidents and are working pro-actively to target criminals who use the roads - ranging from drivers who use their vehicles illegally or anti-socially to banned motorists and dangerous drivers.
Chief Insp Nick Adderley, who formed the team, said: 'This isn't about dishing out tickets or persecuting motorists, this is about making it clear that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated on Vale Royal's roads.
'This team of experts is equipped to detect those who are foolish enough to flout the law. They will not hesitate to make arrests, seize vehicles and pursue criminal charges, whatever action is necessary to deny criminals the use of the roads.
'These officers have not been taken away from responding to emergency calls so our staffing levels have not been reduced, we have simply changed the way they work so roads policing issues receive the attention needed.'
They have a fleet of marked and unmarked police cars and on and off-road motorbikes and bicycles and are also told to tackle related issues which are having an impact on the quality of life in a community.
The teams have been set up following the disbanding of the old road policing teams in 2005. Those traffic officers joined new teams such as specialist investigation and demand management units in an attempt to ensure road-related issues were being handled as seriously as other crimes.
Chief Insp Adderley added: 'The changes have helped us identify weaknesses and improve techniques and I'm confident the roads policing specialists will deliver results which make a difference.'
He said the number of arrests, stop searches carried out, vehicles and property seized and breath-tests conducted will be closely monitored by bosses to ensure the new team is performing effectively.
He added: 'I hope people see this as a positive initiative and support us by passing us information about any road-related offences they are aware of.'