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Police target motorists in Matlock with Operation Safedrive

Posted on 15th November 2013

More than 40 motorists were stopped for unsafe driving on roads in Darley Dale and Wirksworth as part of Operation Safedrive.

Police teamed up with partnership agencies to crack down on offenses such as not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving with defective tyres.

Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on Thursday, November 14.

Officers stopped 45 drivers during the operation on roads in Darley Dale and Wirksworth including twenty five people for not wearing a seat belt and seven people for using a phone at the wheel.

Three motorists were stopped for defects on their vehicles that required attention and ten drivers were cautioned for traffic offenses.  

Sergeant Adam Bryan, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing for the area said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“Although the majority of road users went on without a problem it was really concerning to see that some people were putting other people’s lives at risk by driving without a seat belt and using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

“It is vital to take road safety and traffic issues seriously and we hope that this operation reminds motorists about the importance of safe and considerate driving.”

Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out for Operation Safedrive next week as part of a week-long drive for ‘In Focus Burglary’ starting Monday, November 18.

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

For more information call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.


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