Posted on 13th March 2015
More than 80 motorists were stopped in Baslow as police teamed up to crackdown on unsafe driving and poor vehicle conditions.
Officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside partner agencies throughout the day on Wednesday, March 11 to host the Operation Safedrive event.
Safer Neighbourhood officers teamed up with 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.
81 motorists were stopped following the checks on roads in Baslow which saw high visibility policing being carried out and advice offered.
Penalties and warnings were issued to drivers for not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and for their manner of driving.
Motorists were also stopped and spoken to for a number of offences including problems with registration plates, tyre defects and faulty lights.
All diesel fuelled vehicles were tested by the HM Customs Road Fuel Division during the day, which saw one motorists being issued with a fine and their vehicle seized.
Five 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.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth from the Buxton South Safer Neighbourhood Teams said: “This operation was a great opportunity for us to work alongside our partners and reinforce the importance of safe and considerate driving on our roads.
“Although the majority of motorists went on without a problem, it was worrying to see that some people were not wearing a seatbelt or were using a mobile phone behind the wheel and therefore putting the lives of others at risk.
“It is vital to take road safety and traffic issues seriously to keep our roads safe for pedestrians and other road users. We hope that this operation reminds motorists of this message.”
Operation Safedrive is an on-going Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.
To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @BakewellSNT