Roads policing officers will again be supporting a national operation aimed at taking uninsured drivers off the roads.
Op Drive Insured, which is led by the Motors Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and supported by the National Police Chief’s Council, takes place from Monday 15th November for one week.
Officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit will once again support the campaign, by carrying out enhanced enforcement activity across Cleveland and County Durham.
The campaign also aims to highlight the work ongoing all year round to reduce uninsured driving, inform road users of the consequences of uninsured driving and also encourage people to check that they have valid motor insurance.
Figures from the MIB show that every 20 minutes in the UK, someone is injured by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver.
Inspector Kev Salter, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “We take uninsured drivers off the roads all year round, however, during this campaign we’ll have an extra focus on uninsured drivers and will remove any dangerous uninsured drivers from the roads across Cleveland and Durham.
“Those who do drive without insurance can expect that their vehicle to be seized and to face criminal proceedings. People can also receive a £300 fine and six penalty points on their licence.”
People can check that their vehicle is showing as insured on the Motor Insurance Database, by visiting askMID.com.