MORE than 20 motorists have been stopped for driving without wearing a seatbelt during a police operation – figures cops have described as ‘astounding.’
The Operation Safedrive event took place on a stretch of the A511 near Bretby, Swadlincote over five hours, which saw a total of 70 motorists stopped for offences ranging from driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and speeding.
Defective tyres and headlights, illegal window tints and overweight HGVs using the wrong roads were also on the radar during the operation, on Wednesday. However police have only just released the results.
In total, 23 drivers were stopped for driving without a seatbelt, 14 were pulled over for using a mobile phone, two were spotted speeding, nine had defective tyres and eight had to remove window tints before driving off.
One vehicle broke the weight limit for that stretch of the A511, while one had an insecure load and one a dangerous load.
VOSA staff issued prohibition orders to 12 vehicles which were deemed too dangerous to be on the roads, while two cars had defective headlights.
Sergeant Jim Thompson, who leads Swadlincote Town Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The laws of the road are there to protect drivers and pedestrians and this operation was all about making sure motorists obeyed them.
“The majority of drivers are law-abiding but these results show that there are still those out there who do not take them seriously enough.
“The fact that people are still driving without seatbelts is astounding as it takes a second to put it on and they save lives in the event of an accident.
“Driving while using a phone is simply unacceptable, too, and we will continue these operations until the message gets across.”
The Operation Safedrive event was carried out by Safer Neighbourhood officers, the Roads Policing Unit, officers from the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and VOSA.
The operation follows on from a check in October on the A444 in castle Gresley in which 35 drivers were caught driving without wearing seatbelts.