MORE than 90 drivers were pulled over for a range of offences including not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel during a road safety operation.
Officers from Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team were joined by the roads policing unit, VOSA and HM Revenue and Customs for the Operation Safedrive event on a stretch of the A514 Swarkeston Bridge.
During the day, 25 drivers were pulled over for not wearing their seatbelts, ten were spotted using a phone while driving and one vehicle was seized under Section 165 for having no insurance.
The operation also saw 12 drivers stopped for defective tyres and six for headlamp defects.
Four cars were stopped for number plate offences, two were told to remove illegal tints from their windows and four were stopped for weight restriction offences.
Sergeant Steve Todd 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.
“The vast majority of drivers on the day were fine but it’s still worrying to see some not wearing their seatbelts, driving with defective tyres or using a phone.”
VOSA staff, meanwhile, stopped four out seven vehicles from continuing because they had serious defects such as bald tyres.
New information board unveiled by key trust
AN East Staffordshire village is now sporting an information panel giving details of footpaths, notable buildings and history thanks to a grants of £940 from the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust and similar support from the National Forest.
Designed to help visitors find their way, the newly installed panel is set at the village centre crossroads.
Close to St Mary’s Parish Church, Dunstall Hall and Dunstall Cricket Club the new panel, project managed by Mavis Brown, of Dunstall Parish Council, gives visitors information on local amenities and the history of this delightfully peaceful community.
Rev Andrew Ridley, vicar of Dunstall and a trustee of the Barton and Dunstall Key Trust, said: “The Barton and Dunstall Key Trust is delighted to support Dunstall Parish Council’s information panel initiative with a £940 grant so that visitors can explore this beautiful place.”
More information is available by visiting www.bartondunstallkeytrust.co.uk
MP’s delight at latest unemployment figures
THE MP for North West Leicestershire welcomed new statistics that show the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance – the main unemployment benefit – has fallen by 2,300 since June in the East Midlands.
Andrew Bridgen MP said: “It’s great news that the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance is falling in the East Midlands.”