One arrest, 12 tickets and car seized in latest Thanet road check operation

Traffic check in Manston Road

A vehicle was seized, 12 tickets dished out and one person was arrested by police officers during road checks in Thanet yesterday (March 26).

Officers from Margate Task Force and Thanet Community Policing Team held the checks in Manston Road, Ramsgate, and Canterbury Road, Margate.

A total of 39 vehicles were checked by officers, resulting in 10 people being reported for offences in Manston Road, and two people reported in Canterbury Road.

Out of the twelve tickets, ten were issued for speeding and one was given for driving with an infant not in a child seat. The twelfth person was reported for driving without insurance and his car was seized as a result.

A 30-year-old man from Sittingbourne was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis. He was later released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Dave Reynaert of Margate Task Force said: “As we expect to see an increase in traffic on the roads as lockdown restrictions change, we want to remind drivers to make sure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, and to pay careful attention to the road.

“The speed limit is the absolute maximum you should drive to, and you should adapt to the conditions you experience during your journey, such as congestion or wet weather.

“All drivers have a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe on the road.”

14 Comments

  1. I disagree with sergeant Dave Reynearts comments re the conditions I have known people for failing a driving test for driving to slow. (Not me, I passed first time and have a clean green paper licence, I refuse to change it a pay another tax). I agree you need to drive to the conditions, but let common sense take priority.

  2. When you say “let common sense take priority” are you suggesting people should be able to drive faster than the current speed limit for whatever road they happen to be on?

  3. No. But if on a motorway and you drive a 30 m.p.h. you are just as likely to cause an accident. Please dont say you shouldn’t be on a motorway if you drive at that speed, if there is no simulated minimum speed limit.
    As I said let common sense take priority

  4. Absolutely, there is no stipulated minimum speed limit on our motorways, in the 35 years I’ve driven, other than dense traffic, I don’t believe I’ve ever come across someone driving at 30mph on a motorway! But call me thick what point are you trying to make with using common sense? I’m not being funny, I just don’t get what you’re getting at!

  5. Common sense is something singularly lacking from many motorists.
    That’s why when there’s fog on the motorway, there are multiple collisions sometimes involving scores of vehicles.
    If drivers used common sense, they’d be driving at a cautious speed and well distanced from the car in front in these conditions.

  6. I have driven for over 45 years, have a ” clean green paper licence ” and I am an ex police driver, I have in bad weather, as he said, adapt to the conditions. Just saying use common sense. But, as I said, I have known people for failing a driving test for driving to slow. Perhaps we agree yo disagree, but people’s safety is the most important thing.

    • I’d like to agree or disagree but you’re not making any sense!!🤷🏼‍♂️ surely if you adapt to the conditions of the road, be it wet, foggy, heavy traffic, horses on the road, cyclists etc, then you ARE using ‘common sence’ which in itself is agreeing with the Sargent’s statement 🤷🏼‍♂️

  7. This is what the driving test looks for:
    “On test you needed to show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. You needed to approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or slowing or stopping other road users.”

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