Road safety

Girl, 15, caught driving car during road safety raid in Ramsgate – The Isle Of Thanet News

A 15-year-old girl was caught driving a car during a road safety operation in Thanet by East Kent Special Police volunteers.

Throughout the day on Saturday April 16, Kent Specials stopped 104 vehicles at traffic checks on Haine Road and Margate Road in Ramsgate.

Among the drivers was a 15-year-old girl who had used a relative’s car to get out. She was first arrested on suspicion that she was not wearing a seatbelt and it was later discovered that she was only 15 years old.

She has been flagged for violations and investigations are ongoing into the incident.

A total of 53 drivers were reported for traffic violations, such as not wearing seat belts, having dangerous or faulty issues with their car, improperly tinted windows or driving without an MOT.

Five vehicles were found uninsured and three were seized by special officers.

Special Sergeant James Johnston said: “Every road user has a role to play in keeping everyone safe. We conduct regular vehicle checks throughout the district to remind people of this responsibility.

“We thank those who cooperated with us during our operation over the weekend as well as those who volunteered to help us execute it.

“Special constables are unpaid volunteers who give at least 16 hours of their time each month to support our regular police officers.

“We are always keen to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who might want to volunteer.

“They play an invaluable role in disrupting issues such as anti-social behavior, as well as deterring and combating criminals.”

Special constables have full police powers, wear a uniform and wear standard police equipment.

For more information on Special Constable membership, visit Special Constable | Kent Police