Police drive home safety messages on making modifications to vehicles

Motor patrols officers hit the road to spread safety messages to drivers.

Officers from the Northumbria Police Operation Dragoon road safety campaign were invited to Druridge Bay Country Park to an event organised by The Merry Modified Car Owners’ Club.

They spent the day talking to drivers about legal and illegal car modifications and advising on safe driving.

They also took along an illegally modified Ford Focus that had been seized to highlight some of the problems.

Motor Patrols Inspector John Heckels said: “I’d like to thank everyone that came along and the organisers for inviting us to the event. It was a great success and the ideal chance for us to engage with the modified car community.

“A lot of drivers were really interested in the Ford Focus that we brought along and were keen to chat to us about what was wrong with it and what modifications made it dangerous.

“We got a lot of questions around safe driving and a lot of legal questions about modifications to cars. We were able to get safety messages across, raise the profile of Operation Dragoon and hopefully got drivers thinking that little bit more about road safety.”