MOTORISTS using the region’s motorway network were stopped by police as part of an action day.
Officers targeted criminals using the North West motorway network to commit crimes and illegal drivers who risk the safety of other road users by driving uninsured or unsafe vehicles.
A total of 224 vehicles were stopped on the day, with 47 motorists breathalysed.
Officers identified 102 road traffic offences and seized 39 vehicles for offences such as no licence or insurance. A stolen motorbike was also recovered.
The day of action involved the North West police forces of Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, supported by officers from West Yorkshire.
The Highways Agency was also involved, as were other partner agencies including the Vehicle Operating and Services Agency, HMRC and Trading Standards.
The complex network of motorways in the North West are used by thousands of people every day. Officers from the North West Motorway Police Group (NWMPG) are responsible for keeping the network safe for law abiding road users.
The NWMPG control room is based in the Highway Agency’s regional control centre, just off the M6 at Newton-le-Willows. It is staffed by officers from across the forces, who monitor a video wall showing feeds from cameras positioned across the North West network.
The operation was co-ordinated from the control room, organising response and deployment of officers to incidents and staff to identified checkpoints on the network.
Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “The region’s motorway officers came together to demonstrate their commitment to keeping the roads safe for commuters and preventing criminals from making use of the motorways to conduct their illegal activities.”