Officers investigating an affray at a football match in Wixams on Saturday are appealing for witnesses. Image: iStock

Over 4,000 letters have been sent by the Road Policing Unit so far this year to motorists who have been detected driving without insurance in Bedfordshire.

The figure has been shared as part of a national Drive Insured campaign this month to highlight that driving without insurance is not an invisible crime.

In total, 4,094 letters have been issued by Bedfordshire Police as part of Operation Tutelage since the start of the year. 62% of recipients subsequently took out insurance.

Acting Detective Sergeant Justin Smyth, from the Road Policing Unit, said:

“For some people, insuring their vehicle has slipped their mind and we thank everyone who has taken the right steps to insure their vehicle after receiving a letter.

“Driving without insurance is not a matter of out of sight, out of mind. It is a crime we can easily detect and we will take action.

“Contacting motorists in this way is a positive and proactive way to help improve the safety of the county’s roads, allowing officers to focus resources on tackling persistent offenders who intentionally drive without insurance.”

Motorists driving without insurance face a minimum fine of £300 and six penalty points on their licence. Check your vehicle is insured via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau database.