Cracking down on dangerous drivers

PC Alan Percival and PC Paul Betts
PC Alan Percival and PC Paul Betts
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Pictured here are Pc Alan Percival and Pc Paul Betts who appeared in the Daventry Express in 1990.

They were part of a team of local police officers showing off their new high tech equipment designed to catch dangerous drivers on the district’s roads.

Their motorbikes were part of a system which included an unmarked police car carrying the latest in technology – a camera mounted on the windscreen which recorded the driving of the vehicle in front and could even work out average speeds over a ‘short distance’.

The motorbikes and unmarked car were to be used on the A361, A5 and A45. Within just a short period on one of their first days in use, the police stopped a car that overtook on a blind bend and then monitored a vehicle recorded as doing 100mph.