TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after police carried out an operation to target drivers flouting the law on the roads.

Roads policing officers carried out an operation on the A13 in Southend on Monday, May 15.

They arrested a 40-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both from Southend, on suspicion of driving with drugs in their system.

Both have since been released from custody pending further investigation.

Officers also found 32 drivers who were not wearing a seatbelt, seven people without a licence of insurance and four people using mobile phones while driving.

Three people were found to be driving a car in a dangerous condition. Officers also seized six vehicles.

Matt Hine, operational tasking supervisor, said: “Drivers who decide to ignore the law put not only themselves in danger but also the lives of other innocent road users.

“You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone behind the wheel and if you aren’t wearing your seatbelt you are twice as likely to die. We take road safety extremely seriously and the rules exist for a reason.”

Anyone who has concerns about irresponsible or dangerous driving is asked to contact us on 101 or email