Officers from across the Midlands join forces to clampdown on Street racers and speeders.
Around 50 officers from West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, plus the Central Motorway Police Group joined forces on Sunday (27/07) to take part in Operation Hercules, which aims to clampdown on anti-social drivers.
Ground patrols were alerted to rogue drivers and any suspicious car gatherings from above by a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, whilst speed camera vans were deployed at speeding hot-spot areas.
A total of 67 offences drivers were clocked speeding along the Black Country route – with some caught doing over 70mph in a 40 zone – with Staffordshire counterparts recording 87 speeding offences in and around Lichfield.
West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman, who led the operation, said: “These are not random speed checks: they were carried out in areas where local residents have raised concerns over inconsiderate and potentially dangerous driving.
Sunday evening has, in the past, seen illegal street racing in the Midlands and we have witnessed some shocking scenes where major routes have been turned into personal race tracks by thrill seekers.”
Chief Insp Blakeman was referring to the A47 in summer 2012 when micro-cameras hidden in road signals caught reckless drivers racing along a stretch near Star City.
The police operation resulted in 250 people being hauled before the courts where they were handed drive bans of up to two years and fines reaching £2,000.
One anti-social use of vehicle (Section 59) Notice was issued to a driver – who runs the risk of having his car seized should he be stopped again for inconsiderate driving – and advice letters given to several others.
And a quad bike rider spotted driving erratically around Watery Lane before being stopped in Hagley Road was summonsed to court.
Chief Insp Blakeman, added: “We realise there are car fanatics who enjoy meeting to look at each other’s vehicles; we don’t have an issue with that but unfortunately there is a small minority who then go onto race illegally on our roads or who plague local residents at night by revving engines, spinning wheels and sounding horns.
Operation Hercules will continue to target those individuals who flout the laws of the road and pose a danger for innocent members of the public.”
Please call West Midlands Police on 101 to report any incidents of street racing.