12:43 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Police operation snares dozens of drivers

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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MORE than 60 motorists were given a ticking off by police after being pulled over during a road safety operation in South Derbyshire.

Dozens of drivers were targeted for numerous offences including not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone at the wheel as part of Derbyshire Police’s Operation Safedrive.

Officers from the Swadlincote, Gresley and Woodville neighbourhood watch teams as well as representatives from motoring agencies CREST and VOSA conducted the operation along a stretch of the A514 in Hartshorne.

Fourteen vehicles were stopped for number plate-related offences mainly involving trailers, while two were found to have inadequate insurance.

Eight vehicles had defective tyres and another motorist did not have an MOT certificate.

The operation is an ongoing Derbyshire Police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving in a bid to make roads across the county safer.

The force has stepped up its road safety message in the run up to Christmas and is offering £1,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a drink-driver during December.

PCSO Dean Badham-Spalding said he was shocked at the amount of motorists who were caught flouting the law.

He said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is not to unfairly target motorists but to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“It is still surprising to see that some folks are not wearing their seatbelts - a two-second job when you get in the car - or getting distracted by using phones whilst driving which can have serious repercussions for themselves and other road users.

“Overall we received a positive response from the local community for our efforts and appreciate the cups of tea voluntarily provided from local residents.”

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