THE work of a dedicated team of officers with the task of punishing the county's rule-breaking drivers was revealed in a series of tweets over the weekend.

Posts on the Wiltshire Spec Ops Twitter page showed a number of uninsured, unlicensed and untaxed drivers were pulled over on June 11 and 12.

The Roads Policing Unit also responded to a number of serious crashes - including a fatal incident that led to an emotional plea from police.

A busy weekend began for the team when a speeding driver was pulled over near Melksham. Police discovered the car did not have an MOT or insurance and the driver was high on drugs. 

"RPU had another great stop, the Peugeot went past at speed in Melksham, checks revealed the MOT expired in 2021, no insurance held and it had clearly been snowing somewhere as the driver was high on cocaine! Car seized and one arrested," Wiltshire Spec Ops said. 

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Next, the team stopped someone riding an electric scooter, seizing the illegal vehicle.

"RPU seizing an electric scooter capable of 43mph off the roads of Wroughton this morning," they wrote.

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After that Wiltshire Spec Ops posted: "Next stop of the day for RPU after the seized scooter and it’s another confirmed no insurance! Please check your policies they don’t always auto-renew!"

The RPU team then stopped for refreshments near Trowbridge and were left some Haribo sweets by a lady driving a white Audi Q3. 

During a patrol of Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury and the M4, they pulled over a driver in Bassett without a licence, MOT or tax. Police seized the car. 

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Shortly after seizing the car in Bassett another uninsured driver was stopped, leading to Wiltshire Spec Ops asking everyone to check their policies. 

They wrote: "So RPU have another one for no insurance. This time on the A36 near Beckington. Please check the status of your policy before you drive at"

The next incident involved an untaxed van with dangerous tyres being driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. The driver was arrested. 

The account tweeted: "To our surprise, two chaps got out the rear of the van, when asked, guarding the meat raffle was their priority (insert eye roll)."

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Finally, on Saturday RPU conducted speed checks in the village of Hook, and caught one vehicle going 55mph in a 30mph zone. 

On Sunday morning, there was a serious crash on the A419. Wiltshire Police later confirmed a man had died and a van driver had been arrested. 

Read: Van driver arrested after man dies in A419 crash

Then the Wiltshire Specialist Ops Twitter account posted about an incident that had happened overnight, involving a large car meet and speeding. 

"A vehicle was stopped and the driver was reported for going 91mph in a 50mph limit on Great Western Way, Swindon," they tweeted.

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A crash on Thamesdown Drive that police later confirmed involved a pedestrian in his 80s and a car was their next stop.

Read: Pedestrian, 80s, seriously injured after being hit by car

After that police said a biker involved in a crash with his motorbike and a car was 'fortunate' to avoid injury. 

To make matters worse he was riding on a provisional licence and wasn't insured, so his bike was seized. 

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The team's final last on Sunday was a heart-breaking plea to members of the public not to take drugs and drive following the death of the man in the A419 crash.

Read: A419 death crash: Police tweet heartbreaking update after van driver arrested

They tweeted: "For anyone who thinks it's acceptable to drink/drug drive, use a mobile phone whilst driving, speed or not generally pay attention to the road, please feel free to join me the next time I have to tell two children that their daddy has been killed on the road."