Officers put brakes on driving offences during road safety crackdown

Posted on 19th February 2013

Police pulled over more than 40 drivers for offences including not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel during a road safety campaign.

Officers from Matlock, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth Safer Neighbourhood Teams headed out to educate motorists about driving law.

They were joined by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit and CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team), HM Revenue and Customs and VOSA for the operation, which took place at Harrison Way in Darley Dale and Harrison Drive, Wirksworth.

In total, 36 drivers were caught not wearing a seatbelt, three were spotted using a phone while driving and one number plate offence was found.

Staff from VOSA also issued five PG9 Prohibitions, which are handed out when a vehicle has serious defects. Four of these were so dangerous that the drivers could not continue until they had been fixed.

Updates on the Operation Safedrive event, which took place on Friday, February 15, were posted by PC Dave Naylor on the Matlock team’s Twitter account - @MatlockSNT.

Sergeant Nick Reason, who leads the teams that took part, said: “The majority of drivers abide by the rules of the road but it’s clear that there as some still ignoring the laws that are there to keep them safe.

“Seatbelts save lives and it’s always shocking when we find drivers not using one. It’s the same with people using phones or other gadgets while they’re driving – if your attention drifts for one second it could cause a serious, even fatal collision.

“It takes no time at all to clip your seatbelt in or pull over to take a call and until that message gets across completely, these road safety campaigns will continue.”

The Operation Safedrive event was organised after road safety and speeding was made the policing priority for a number of Safer Neighbourhood teams in the area.

Drivers who were caught during the operation will be fined or offered places on driving improvement and awareness courses.

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