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Staffordshire Police going to huge lengths to stop uninsured drivers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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IT has never been more difficult for car insurance dodgers to escape the clutches of cops in Burton, with senior officers revealing vehicles taken off the road would stretch up to 10,000 metres if lined up.

Staffordshire Police has continued to snare uninsured drivers under the Cars Behind Bars initiative, with 2,500 vehicles seized since its launch last year.

To put the figures into context, it would take top world long distance runner Mo Farah half an hour to run past all the cars.

Using the automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) system, offenders are identified and tracked down.

The campaign has seen cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and even a tractor taken off the roads, with around a third of the vehicles scrapped.

Police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis, who launched the campaign, said: "This sends a clear message to those people driving irresponsibly on our roads – this is a no-go area for insurance dodgers and whether it's wrongdoing or serious criminality, Staffordshire is not the place to be."

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