Posted on 6th February 2017
Motorists are urged to buckle up and put down their phones after officers put the brakes on unsafe driving in Ashbourne.
Officers from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team worked alongside partnership agencies to target offences such as using a mobile phone at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving with vehicle defects.
The team were joined by the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to carry out the Operation Safedrive on Monday, January 23.
50 drivers were stopped during the operation on Park Road in Ashbourne as officers carried out checks to ensure that the drivers and their vehicles were both road safe and legal.
A mixed of fixed penalty notices and warnings were given to 50 motorists during the initiative. This included 26 motorists for not wearing a seatbelt, seven motorists for using a mobile phone at the wheel, and a further 11 motorists for driving with no MOT, tyre defects, and illegal number plates.
One vehicle was also seized on the day as the motorist was found to be driving without valid insurance.
Five vehicles were deemed too dangerous to be on the road and will be dealt with by VOSA. Action will need to be taken by the owners to ensure that the vehicles are made road safe and legal.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “Operation Safedrive events are all about teaming up with our partners and advising motorists to help improve the safety of our roads for all users and pedestrians.
“Although the majority of drivers went on without a problem, it was concerning to see the number of people not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone at the wheel. Not only are the motorists putting their own life at risk, they are also putting their passengers and other road users at danger.”
Sergeant Wordsworth added: “Stopping drivers is just one part of this operation and until the road safety message gets across, we will carry on educating drivers anyway we can.”
Operation Safedrive is an ongoing Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.
To find out more about the initiative or to speak to the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, or send them a message here
You can also follow the team on Twitter for the latest neighbourhood news: @AshbourneSNT