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Police head out to Stoney Middleton for road safety campaign

Posted on 4th March 2013
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More than 60 drivers were pulled over for a range of offences including not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel during a road safety operation.

Officers from Bakewell and Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Teams were joined by the Roads Policing unit, CREST, VOSA and HM Revenue and Customs for the Operation Safedrive event on a stretch of the A623.

During the day, 28 drivers were pulled over for not wearing their seatbelts, six were spotted using a phone while driving and two were speeding.

Three cars were stopped for number plate offences, four were told to remove illegal tints from their windows and one was stopped for having no insurance.

Every diesel vehicle had its fuel tank dipped to check for illegal use of red diesel, but all came back negative.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who is in charge of the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is not to unfairly target motorists but to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“The vast majority of drivers on the day were fine but it’s still worrying to see some not wearing their seatbelts, driving with defective tyres or using a phone.

“Stopping drivers is just one part of this operation and until the road safety message gets across, we will carry on educating drivers any way we can.”

The Operation Safedrive event, which took place from 8am to 2pm on Wednesday, February 27, also saw two drivers stopped for defective tyres, two for their manner of driving and one for having an insecure load.

VOSA staff, meanwhile, stopped seven vehicles from continuing because they had serious defects such as bald tyres.

Operation Safedrive is an ongoing Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.

For more information, call Derbyshire police on 101.

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