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North Wales Police issue warning to illegal motorists

Officers from North Wales Police force have issued a warning ahead of a new crackdown on illegal driving – break the law and face having your vehicle crushed.

Officers will be targeting disqualified drivers and drivers who drive without insurance or a licence during a two-week campaign which starts on 13 July.

North Wales Police officers were at Broughton Shopping Park in Flintshire displaying a crushed car to highlight the potential consequences of illegal driving.

It is estimated that more than 2,000 drivers are using North Wales roads illegally.  So far in 2014, 168 arrests have been made and a total of 546 vehicles seized.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said: ‘We will be targeting the minority of individuals who choose to break the law, saving the ordinary driver from high insurance premiums and reducing road causalities.

‘We will stop and seize vehicles that are found to be on the road illegally throughout the year, however this two-week campaign specifically focuses on those individuals in a bid to help make he roads a safer place across North Wales.

‘Anybody found to be driving illegally can face being arrested.  We will use all available powers to seize illegal vehicles and remove them from the roads.  The consequences for them can be anything from a fine, penalty points on their licence to having their car crushed.’

During the campaign officers will be using ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology.  Road-side checks will also be carried out across North Wales as part of the campaign.

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