Arrests and more than 50 offences in Amesbury police operation

A MAN was arrested and charged with drink-driving as more than 50 offences were detected by police during a Valentine’s Day operation.

Officers from Wiltshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit were in Amesbury on Wednesday morning (February 14) as part of Project Zero – an operation held each week in the county.

Project Zero sees officers targeting drivers committing any of the fatal five offences, in a bid to reduce the number of casualties on Wiltshire roads. They are; driving at excess speed, drink/drug driving, using a phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving in a careless or dangerous manner.

And in Amesbury, a total of 53 offences were detected, including a driver who was stopped for using a mobile phone whist driving a Volkswagen Crafter in Countess Road.

The man, in his 40s, then failed a roadside drug wipe test and was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Another driver – a man in his 60s – was arrested and charged with drink driving after his vehicle was stopped in Lords Croft.

He is due in Salisbury Magistrates Court on March 12.

A/Insp Will Ayres said: “It’s always disappointing to see this type of offending on our roads – it is this type of behaviour which is most likely to contribute to a serious or fatal collision.

“The team will continue to patrol the roads of Wiltshire targeting those most likely to cause harm on the roads.”