Special Constables from Avon and Somerset Police were brought in to help enforce traffic restrictions on Highwood Road in a targeted operation that took place last Friday
The road has been closed to traffic, except for buses, taxis and bicycles, between its junctions with Durban Road and Coniston Road, since October 2012. Drivers were given a month to get used to the change, with the neighbourhood team initially giving warnings rather than issuing fines.
The neighbourhood team says it has had a number of complaints from local people about motorists ignoring the new traffic regulations.
Four Special Constables ran the operation between 9am and 6pm on Friday 15th March, with support from members of the neighbourhood team. Fifty-three drivers were fined £30 for flouting the traffic order in that time.
Special Constabulary District Officer Derek Hood said:
“This was a very rewarding operation and a good example of how we can get results in targeted operations. I hope this will be the first of many.”
Special Constables are uniformed volunteers with police powers. They give up their free time to help keep our communities safe, patrolling alongside regular officers.
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