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Stoney Middleton motorists told to buckle up following Operation Safedrive

Posted on 10th June 2015

Motorists are being warned to slow down and buckle up following a recent Operation Safedrive event in Stoney Middleton.

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team), staff from VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), Roads Policing, and HM Revenue and Customs to carry out an action day to target unsafe driving.

Throughout the day on Thursday, June 4, the team stopped 45 motorists in Stoney Middleton for a number of offences including 9 people for not wearing a seatbelt and 10 drivers for exceeding the speed limit.

Motorists were stopped for a number of other reasons including six motorists for tyre defects, six for registration plate issues and a further three motorists who were found to be using a mobile phone at the wheel. Other offences included lighting defects, driving without a licence and driving with an insecure load.

In addition, five drivers whose vehicles had defects which seriously affected their roadworthiness were issued with prohibitions to stop them from going onto a public highway.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing in the area said: "Speed limits and safety measures are in place for a reason so it was worrying to see that motorists were not complying to wear a seatbelt or were found to be driving over the limit.

"We will continue to work alongside our partners to carry out further speed checks and Operation Safe Drive events to target those motorists and make our roads safer for all."

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 about the initiative or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @HathersageSNT

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