Police officers say they are pleased with motorists after carrying out speed checks in Westhoughton.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have been on Leigh Road today, Monday, to check drivers are sticking to the speed limit. 

Officers say they did checks on the 30mph and 40mph road and only had to stop one driver the entire time they were there.

The driver was reportedly travelling at 38mph in a 30mph zone and was issued a Traffic Offence Report.

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A GMP spokesperson said: “Officers have been out in Westhoughton today conducting speed checks on Leigh Road. Checks were done on both the 30mph and 40mph stretch of road.

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“We are pleased to say that only 1 driver was stopped during the time we were there for driving at 38mph in the 30mph area.

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“The driver was issued with a Traffic Offence Report.”

Operation Portman has been running in Bolton and was launched in response to concerns over the number of serious road incidents in the town.

Hundreds of drivers have been reported for different alleged driving offences since the launch of the operation more than 12 months ago.

To help them catch speeding drivers, officers have acquired two laser devices to record speeding vehicles.

Officers said that the operation has resulted in a huge reduction in serious injuries in Bolton.