AN intensive police crackdown on rogue motorists has resulted in vehicle seizures, arrests and more than 160 reported for offences.

Throughout April North Yorkshire Police deployed specialist units en-mass to target specific roads in villages, towns, rural areas and key routes across the county.

So far, Roads Policing Group officers have seized 25 vehicles, arrested 11 people and reported more than 160 drivers and riders for motoring offences.

The aim of the operation is to reduce crashes by providing a high-profile police presence, and to enforce dangerous motoring offences such as uninsured driving, speeding and using a phone at the wheel.

It began with a Bank Holiday weekend of action in Craven and the Dales on Good Friday.

Over the last couple of weeks, Operation Boundary deployments have moved around the county to cover areas including Whitby, Richmondshire and Ryedale.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who is leading the operation, said: “The strong results we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks show how our roads are being used, and occasionally abused, as lockdown restrictions ease.

“We’re seeing much more traffic, particularly in scenic rural areas, and a small minority of road users who seem to think the rules don’t apply to them.

“Unfortunately for them, Operation Boundary allows us to focus a lot of specialist roads policing resources in areas where they are most effective.

"So we’re always one step ahead of anyone who uses the road illegally or unsafely.”

Sgt Stringer added: “We’ve deployed into villages and towns that experience a lot of motoring offences and worry that someone will be injured or killed in their community.

“We’ve had an extremely positive response from residents so far and we’re continuing to listen to their concerns so we can help keep their communities safe.

“I hope these results will give them further reassurance that we are taking a very robust approach and we will simply not tolerate North Yorkshire being used as a racetrack.”

Operation Boundary will continue to run at various locations throughout the summer, when North Yorkshire’s roads are expected to become even busier as more lockdown restrictions ease.