Vehicles have been seized and a driver summoned to court after a day of police action on Bolton’s roads.

Greater Manchester Police carried out a day of action as part of the force’s ‘Operation Classify’ initiative on Sunday, March 3.

As part of the operation, a driver was arrested on suspicion for being under the influence of cannabis, while two drivers were issued reports for speeding, and seven were issued reports for driving while using a mobile phone.

Four drivers were reported for not wearing a seatbelt, with a further three reports issued for driving with young children while having no child seat and seat belts.

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One driver was reported as having an insecure load – with a photo posted by GMP showing what appears to be an armchair tethered to the top of a Vauxhall Agila.

Additionally, six vehicles were seized for no insurance, and one driver was issued a court summons for driving with no licence and a defective vehicle.

Launched earlier this year, Operation Classify aims to target ‘high-risk road routes’ which have seen ‘significant collisions’ over the past two years.

GMP Bolton said it is ‘committed to improving road safety in Bolton’.

Commenting at the announcement of Operation Classify last month, Inspector Nick Bonson from the Bolton Prevention Hub said: “This has been an ongoing piece of work for us, something that has required a lot of analysing routes and data, which has led us to focus our attention on a number of different routes across the town.

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“Although we are not disclosing the routes publicly, you will notice an increased police presence on the roads as we strive to bring the number of serious and fatal collisions down in area.

“The neighbourhood policing team in Bolton are routinely out across the whole district supported by the force’s roads policing unit, however, we are taking a further proactive approach to target drivers that feel they are above the law.

“I would like to thank Bolton Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, both authorities who have worked alongside us in identifying these high-risk routes.

“Please do take care when travelling on any roads throughout Bolton, the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond.

"Let this be a warning, if you are driving dangerously, on your phone behind the wheel or driving under the influence of drink or drugs, we will catch up with you.”

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