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Police put focus on nuisance drivers as part of ongoing road safety campaign

Posted on 25th March 2013

Dozens of nuisance motorists were stopped by police for a variety of road safety offences such as speeding, having no insurance and driving defective vehicles.

In total, 38 vehicles were stopped by officers from Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The stops came after members of the public complained of nuisance driving in the town, with drivers speeding and causing excessive noise when gathering in public places in their vehicles.

Drivers who were pulled over for offences such as illegal lighting on their cars were given advice about road safety and told to have their lights fixed.

Seven motorists were stopped after being clocked breaking the speed limit and were warned not to do so again, while one was fined for speeding.

One vehicle was seized for having no insurance and two drivers were given vehicle defect rectification forms for serious problems with their cars.

Officers also checked vehicles to make sure they were safe and roadworthy, and asked three drivers to remove modifications that were not acceptable and would have voided their insurance.

Sergeant Nick Reason, who led the operation on Friday, March 15, said: “These stops were not about unfairly targeting drivers but part of an ongoing campaign to keep our roads safe.

“In recent weeks, members of our community have reported nuisance driving, speeding and in some instances, cars racing either out on the road or gathering in car parks.

“It’s simply not acceptable as it poses a serious risk to other road users and pedestrians, not to mention the nuisance to Matlock residents.”

For more information, contact Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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