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Double road op leaves drivers with nowhere to hide

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

  • 01/05/14 Police Incident Police at flats on Ashby Rd

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POLICE officers were out in force on the roads in Burton and South Derbyshire today as motorists were targeted in a double operation.

Several drivers were caught speeding in Burton as police targeted motorists in Ashby Road, Winshill.

The road was earmarked by officers following numerous complaints from residents about speeding along the busy stretch.

The force was also on the lookout for any motorists flouting the law by using mobile phones or not wearing seat belts.

Parking was also being monitored in nearby Alexandra Road, following complaints of parents acting dangerously when dropping off and collecting children from Holy Rosary Primary School.

In additon, a roadside operation was carried out over the border on the A444 in Castle Gresley, with the roadworthiness of vehicles under scrutiny.

Officers in Burton issued one fixed penalty notice for a driver who was caught not wearing a seatbelt, while a handful of motorists were clocked exceeding the speed limit, but Sergeant Bob Champeau said he was pleased with the conduct of motorists overall.

He said he was hopeful it was a sign that the force’s message was having an impact.

Sgt Champeau said: “Officers from the East Staffordshire Policing Team were dealing with issues that were identified by the local community in Winshill. This included speeding in Ashby Road and also parking enforcement around the Alexandra Road area

“We were also trying to dissuade parents from parking in dangerous places when dropping children off. Members of the community had highlighted parents were parking on verges and on a blind bend.

“No drivers were seen using mobile phones and no vehicles were seized for no insurance which to me shows the message is getting through that these offences will not be tolerated.”

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