TRAFFIC stops caught drivers for committing minor motoring offences in Swindon.

Wiltshire Police continued its campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug driving by having a team of community police and roads policing officers keeping an eye on Wootton Bassett Road.

They stopped and breathalysed more than 30 people and although none tested positive, a few received fines and reports for other issues.

Police fined one person for not wearing a seatbelt and reported another for having no insurance as well as one other for vehicle defects.

One driver had words of advice because their vehicle was on the weight limit.

Sgt Leigh Mayhew from the Roads Policing Unit who joined the operation in Swindon said: “The drink and drug drive campaign is an important part of our operational calendar.

“I was really pleased to see on this occasion that all members of the public who were stopped and breathalysed gave a negative result.

“We did see a number of motor offences which could have resulted in a serious traffic incident, or a serious injury if a collision had taken place.

“Along with our message to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug driving, I would like to remind the public to ensure their vehicle is always winter road ready.

"Check the vehicle’s brakes, lights, tyres, make sure the screen wash is topped up and you are prepared for winter conditions.

“I would like to thank those members of the public who were stopped on Friday, of which most were very understanding and in support of the campaign.

“Please remember any amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive. If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs you are placing yourself and others at risk.”

Anyone concerned about someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs should call 101 and select 2 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and www.crimestoppers-uk.org

In an emergency, always call 999.