POLICE will be cracking down on uninsured drivers in Barnsley this week.

Officers will be patrolling and stopping cars across the town and South Yorkshire in order to speak to drivers and inspect their insurance documents.

The action being taken by police is in support of the national awareness week launched as part of Operation Drive, devised by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) to highlight the dangers of driving without insurance.

So far in 2016, there have been 23 deaths recorded on South Yorkshire’s roads. The statistics, reported by the MIB, show that those who drive without insurance are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.