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Over 70 motorists stopped as part of a road safety crackdown in Ashbourne

Posted on 25th November 2014


Officers challenge motorists with defective tyres in Ashbourne

Police stopped over 70 motorists in Ashbourne as part of a targeted road safety crackdown in the area.

The Operation Safedrive event saw officers carrying out checks to challenge motorists who were found to be committing road traffic offences such as speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and travelling without a seatbelt.

The session took place on Wednesday, November 19 to target concerns about safety behind the wheel. The checks were also run to coincide with the charity BRAKE’s annual road safety week.

Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Revenue and Customs, and the Roads Policing Unit to check that cars and their drivers were road safe and legal.

The crackdown saw police issuing a mixture of penalties and warnings to 29 motorists for not wearing a seat belt, 10 motorists for using a mobile at the wheel and eight motorists for number plate offences.  

Six vehicles were also seized as they were found with serious defects which stopped the driver from continuing with their journey without repair or recovery of the vehicle.

Other road safety issues saw officers stopping:

  • One motorist for driving without valid insurance;
  • 17 vehicles for offences such as illegal window tints, tyre issues and failed lighting;
  • One vehicle was seized by HM Revenue and Customs for illegal red diesel usage.

Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Safedrive operations take place regularly throughout the county and are a great example of how agencies can work together to promote road safety.

“The opportunity to respond to BRAKE week in Ashbourne with such an operation was a very exciting one for my team and it was certainly a busy day for us.

“I am always surprised at the number of people who choose not to wear seat belts whilst driving, despite the hard-hitting publicity campaigns since the law was changed several decades ago.

“I am also disappointed that people continue to use hand held devices at the wheel, despite all the evidence that suggests that this is one of the more common causes of more serious collisions.

“Reducing casualties on the roads remains a priority for the force and we will continue to work with the communities of Ashbourne and the motoring public through this and similar operations.”

To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @AshbourneSNT


One vehicle seized for use of red diesel in Ashbourne

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