Officers from the Scorpion Teams Specialist Operations including Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, the Road Casualty Reduction Team, the Dog Unit together with partner agencies DVSA, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Gangmaster Licensing Agency took part in a day of checks.
Police say the aim of the operation was to disrupt criminal activity, to catch those committing driving offences, to remove unsafe vehicles from the road, fuel testing, drugs checks and vehicle examinations all being carried out.
Among the other results of the operation:
Sergeant Julian Ditcham of the roads policing team, who was overseeing the checks, said: "This day of action proved what we can achieve when we work with our partners.
"By sharing our combined knowledge, we were able to deny criminals the use of Suffolk’s roads, remove unsafe vehicles and raise awareness of road safety issues, while also keeping an eye out for motorists using mobile phones or not wearing a seatbelt.
"The fact that just 15 vehicles left the site clear out of the 71 that we checked is quite a surprising figure. It just shows how important it is that all motorists are aware of their responsibilities to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy, safe to drive and is legal. We will take action if your vehicle is found to be not suitable for use on the roads.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "I fully support these highly visible proactive days of enforcement, they send out a very clear message that if you are prepared to put yourself, and others, at risk by taking to the road unfit to drive or in a unsafe vehicle you stand a very good chance of being caught.
"I really can’t believe that drivers have not got the message, driving under the influence of drugs – and drink - is illegal for a reason, it is one of the four most likely causes of death on our roads, along with using mobile phones, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.
"I am disappointed that so many drivers choose to flout these laws but pleased to see that the Constabulary is committed to catching those grossly irresponsible and selfish individuals that do.
He added: "I’d like publicly thank all the police officers and partner agencies involved in this campaign for their continued support. The results clearly show we are stronger working in partnership. It is only by working together that we will make our county’s roads safer for everyone so I’d like to.”