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Police crack down on motorists

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Officers will be stepping up checks on motorists and ensuring they have the correct MOT, car insurance and driving licence in place as part of a cross-channel operation, police have said.

The move comes as the second leg of an exchange focusing on traffic-related issues. Three officers from the Gendarmerie Nationale will be on patrol alongside officers from Kent Police at the weekend, where they will look at a range of concerns such as speeding and the disruption caused by foreign lorries.

It follows a visit by three Kent Police officers to the Pas de Calais region of northern France in August, to crack down on the high number of speeding British motorists in the area.

The officers will also look at Operation Stack, which is put in place whenever problems with Channel crossings lead to a backlog of traffic at the county's ports.

Freight traffic is held on the M20, creating high volumes of traffic to be diverted on to surrounding roads and villages, and the problem has been worsened by the recent Channel Tunnel fire.

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