A successful one-day crackdown on road safety issues was staged in Clacton yesterday with more than 100 motorists caught out.
The Essex Police initiative was centred on two stop sites at Brook Country Park and in Olivers Road.
The biggest offence was not wearing a seat belt and 45 people were stopped for that alone one where a three-year-old child was not restrained.
Among the other offences were nine people caught using mobile phones; nine for not having insurance; six without MOTs; eight vehicles were seized; 15 caught speeding and four for careless driving.
Chief Insp Russ Cole, District Commander for Tendring, said it was a very busy day with extra officers brought into Clacton to carry out the crackdown.
Tendring Councillors and residents have brought the issue of road safety and breach of regulations up at recent meetings and we have very much taken that on board, he said.
This sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour which can, in some instances, be linked to gangs and travelling criminals coming into the area, as well as burglaries.
If people chose to drive to Tendring to commit crime they need to be aware that we will be doing more of these initiatives throughout the summer and therefore there s a strong chance they will be caught.
Carlo Guglielmi, TDC s Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, hailed the day a success and welcomed the news that more are to follow.
We as a Council are working more closely than ever before with our colleagues in the police and it is really paying dividends, he said.
Along with residents, we have brought the issues up that concern us to them and they have responded positively in the way they did yesterday.
It was an extremely hot day with people coming down to the coast and many of those who were flouting road safety regulations were brought to book.