Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has said he is committed to helping Surrey Police tackle anti-social driving on the county’s roads after helping fund a successful operation in Mole Valley over recent weeks.
Officers from Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit joined forces with the local neighbourhood team during August to target motorcyclists and drivers who were breaking traffic laws around the A24 area near Mickleham and Box Hill and its surrounding routes.
The PCC allocated money from his Coronavirus Fund to help pay for the operation following a number of complaints from local residents that anti-social driving in the area had increased following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
He also agreed funding for the Roads Policing Unit to purchase a number of noise monitors which can detect whether vehicle noise is within the legal limit.
Over the four weekends in August, over 300 stop checks were carried out with 22 warnings issued for anti-social riding/driving. There were 96 traffic offence reports, fixed penalty notices or prohibition orders issued, four vehicle seized and 186 drivers or riders were given words of advice.
The PCC paid a visit to the team over the Bank Holiday weekend to see the operation first-hand – watch his brief video below:
PCC David Munro said: “Since the easing of lockdown restrictions, I have received a number of complaints from residents across the county about an increase in anti-social and dangerous driving and speeding.
“Officers have been tackling this issue in a number of places across the county. The area around Box Hill and its surrounding routes had become a particular hot-spot so I allocated some money from my Coronavirus Fund to boost the policing presence in that location.
“I was delighted to go down on the Bank Holiday weekend to see the team in action responding to the concerns of the local community.
“Places like Box Hill and Newlands Corner are some of Surrey’s great attractions and I want to make it clear the majority of people who visit the area are responsible and this operation was not designed to target them.
“But unfortunately there are a minority of people who have been causing misery for local residents with the manner of their driving which cannot be tolerated and this action has helped deter and disrupt that behaviour.
“I have already received correspondence from local residents who have expressed their gratitude for the efforts that police have been making in recent weeks to combat this problem.”
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: “I’m pleased that the operation was successfully carried out to educate both drivers and motorcyclists and we hope that local residents start to see a reduction in the anti-social and dangerous driving they’ve been experiencing and reporting to us.
“The Roads Policing Unit and local officers will continue to monitor the situation and engage with all road users to ensure the community and road users continue to enjoy Mole Valley in a safe and responsible way. If you’ve been experiencing anti-social driving in your area please do let us know so we’re able to build a report for further action.”