Glastonbury police order anti-social drivers off the road
By abbie_glasto | Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 09:23
Police cracked down on drivers in Street last Friday following news that modified car users are likely to be causing anti-social behaviour.
Police from Glastonbury and Street stopped ten vehicles in the town on October 19 and ordered them to make their way to Street police station for vehicle safety checks.
Four vehicles were ordered off the road indefinitely.
Many were brought in for having the wrong tyres and rims fitted and having their cars lowered so much that their exhausts were dangerously near the ground.
Cars with tinted windows were also checked to ensure they conformed with legal limits.
One young man was forced to push his scooter all the way home, another vehicle was brought in with so many faults it had to be taken away from the police station on a trailer.
The police were acting on statistics indicating that users of modified vehicles are likely to cause anti-social behaviour within their community.
Recent figures have also shown that a large proportion of collisions involve people between the ages of 16 – 24 years old.
In the Mendip area thirty per cent of causalities following road traffic collisions, fell into that category.
Street beat manager PC Kevin Stoodley said: "A survey has found an alarming number of logs from the police communication system showing a large number of reports from members of the public regarding noisy cars, dangerous driving, and racing along public highways and generally causing annoyance.
"Anti-social driving, speeding and modified vehicles has been recognized as a community problem at local meetings such as Parish Council and PACT.
"In Street and Glastonbury, offenders are attracted to fast food establishments, especially those with a 'drive through' capability, due to the enticement of lighting and refreshments, which are offered late into the night."
£60 on the spot fines were issued to people driving vehicles with illegal mechanical faults.
The crack-down was part of the police force's Operation Fluid initiative – part of operation Relentless on road users.