DRIVERS were stopped by police during a road safety operation in Swindon.

Operation Frozen, which took place this week with officers based at the County Ground, was aimed at educating motorists about how to stay safe on the roads.

Police stopped 60 vehicles on April 2, handing out three DVSA vehicle prohibitions for defects and seven traffic offence reports.

Ten drivers also received fixed penalty notices for defective lamps, overweight or no seat belts. One vehicle was seized for no insurance.

PC Alex Way, from the Tri-Force roads policing unit, said: “This was a three-day proactive operation across Swindon and Wiltshire designed to target motorists who break the law.

“This was not about catching out bad drivers but about raising awareness and speaking to drivers about how to stay safe.

“It covered a whole range of issues, including people not wearing seat belts or driving with detective tyres. We also spoke to drivers about upkeep and maintenance of vehicles as there were plenty of small defects that people hadn’t realised about – these are all little things which could contribute to a collision. “We know the public care about making our roads safer, so I hope this shows that we are taking action.”