Posted on 8th March 2013
Police in Matlock Bath will be focusing on ensuring motorists in the area are driving safely after setting the issue as their current neighbourhood priority.
Speeding, driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving with illegal tyres are among the offences officers will be on the lookout for.
The Safer Neighbourhood team’s previous priority had been speeding issues in the local area but that has now been expanded to include vehicle safety.
As part of their efforts, officers from the team will be taking part in an upcoming Operation Safedrive event, where they will be out looking for any drivers committing road offences across the neighbourhood.
They will also be carrying out speed checks over the next three months and talking to motorists about the importance of sticking to the law on the roads.
Sergeant Nick Reason, who leads the Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “We set this neighbourhood priority after local people raised concerns with us and it’s an issue we are cracking down on.
“It’s not just speeding that puts lives at risk; using a mobile at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt, drink-driving or using a vehicle that’s simply not up to scratch are extremely dangerous, too.
“The majority of drivers are law-abiding but there are those who let their standards slip. It’s those people we will be targeting in our efforts to make the roads safer.”
Over the past few months, officers have been carrying out speed checks in problem areas, with the most recent taking place at The Hill, Cromford, by PCSO Laura Coxhead.
Those checks will continue as part of the new priority and members of the public will be updated at the next Safer Neighbourhood Forum meeting, in April.
Operation Safedrive events are also scheduled to take place. These include Safer Neighbourhood officers, the force’s Roads Policing Unit, CREST, HM Revenue and Customs and DVLA staff.
They all work together to carry out vehicle safety checks at various locations, with any offenders facing fines or further action.
For more information on these operations or to contact the Matlock Bath, Cromford and Bonsall Safer Neighbourhood Team, call 101.