MORE than half of vehicles randomly stopped during a police operation in Poole were dealt with for road traffic offences.

Dorset Police Road Casualty Reduction Officers stopped 68 vehicles at random in Poole Road, Branksome, on Thursday October 14 which resulted in 35 being found to have breached road traffic offences.

A police spokesperson said: “During the month of October one of our priorities is education and enforcement regarding tyre safety.

“This morning we ran an operation, stopping vehicles and speaking with drivers about the importance of tyre safety.

“Every vehicle stopped was checked to make sure it was safe to be on the road, all drivers were handed tyre safe information and an aid to help them check their tyres.”

Offences recorded during the operation included illegal tyres, no insurance, dangerous condition and mobile phone offences.

14 of the stops related to the driver or passenger not wearing a seatbelt and two vehicles were seized for no insurance.

One of the vehicles stopped was concerned in burglaries and thefts in the Met area, enquires in relation to this are ongoing. Two Dragoon targets (high risk road users) were also stopped.

The spokesperson added: “Operations such as this not only promote road safety with the aim of making us all safer but also disrupt and detect criminals using our road networks.”