POLICE have vowed to stamp out a car ‘cruising’ menace.
They mounted a special day of action in Dewsbury – and handed out on-the-spot fines.
In total, officers issued 13 fixed penalty notices for not wearing a seatbelt, 15 people were asked to produce driving documents, 15 people were warned over the levels of noise coming from their vehicle stereo and one driver was given a ticket for using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The two-hour crackdown in Dewsbury town centre came after the local Neighbourhood Policing Team undertook a Traffic Day of Action.
It follows concerns from local shop owners in the town about youths ‘cruising’.
Sgt Claire Archer, of Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team, says it’s just the start of things to come.
“The Traffic Day of Action is something we intend to continue each week throughout the summer in order to reduce anti-social behaviour in and around the town centre.
“We have received a number of reports from local shop owners and members of the public complaining about young motorists driving around in their vehicles with windows down, not wearing a seatbelt, using mobile phones and with music banging out.
“This has caused some annoyance to shopkeepers and local shoppers alike and can be quite intimidating to those going about their daily business.
“Our latest action was warmly received by both local shopkeepers, who came across to speak to us, and local shoppers. After the first hour, we saw a marked reduction in the number of vehicles being used in this anti-social manner.”