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Drivers in the Ashbourne area are targeted in road safety day

Posted on 23rd November 2011

Police in the Ashbourne area have been targeting dangerous driving and poor vehicle maintenance as part of the multi-agency Operation Safedrive initiative.

Police officers and PCSOs from CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team), roads policing unit and the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, joined forces with vehicle examiners and HM Revenue and Customs.

The vehicles were checked in three locations on Monday, November 21, at Main Road in Hulland Ward, Blenheim Road at the Airfield Industrial Estate and on Park Road, Ashbourne.

27 motorists were stopped for not wearing their seatbelts seven drivers were pulled up for using their mobile phones, and five people were caught speeding.

A number of vehicles were found to have defects, illegal window tints and illegal tyres. Two immediate prohibition notices were issued to vehicles too dangerous to be on the road.

In addition, HM Revenue and Customs tested 20 vehicles for red diesel, and all were found to be legal.

Safer Neighbourhood team Sgt. Steve Edwards said: “It is disappointing to see that so many people are not taking the safety of themselves or other road users seriously by not wearing a seatbelt, through speeding or using their mobile phone while driving.

“Our thanks go to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, who are the lead on road casualty reduction, for letting us use their premises on the day and we hope that by carrying out joint operations like this, we can make our roads safer for everyone.”

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the new non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or click here to find your team.

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