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Police put the brakes on driving offences in Matlock

Posted on 16th January 2014


Police crackdown on unsafe drivers in Matlock

Officers stopped more than 40 motorists in a bid to crack down on unsafe driving in Matlock as part of Operation Safedrive.

Police joined forces with partnership agencies to target motorists on the A6, Rowsley, to put the brakes on offences such as driving with defective tyres and not wearing a seatbelt.

The Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle and Operator Services during the drive which took place on Friday, January 10.

Officers stopped 45 motorists during the operation and issued a mixture of warnings and penalties to:

  • Seventeen people for not wearing a seatbelt;
  • Eight motorists for illegal registration plates;
  • Five people for lighting offences ;
  • Four motorists for trailer related issues.

Results highlighted how using a mobile phone at the wheel, driving without valid insurance or MOT and driving without sufficient brakes each returned one result.

VOSA also issued four immediate prohibition notices for defects which affected the vehicles safety and roadworthiness.

Sergeant Nick Reason from the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The aim of the operation is to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians and to identify and take action against any motorists breaking the law.

“While most motorists went on without a problem, it was still shocking to see people putting the lives of others at risk by not abiding by the laws of the road.

 “During the morning of action we stopped 45 motorists for a number of offences including four vehicles which were stopped for immediate defects and seventeen road users for not wearing a seat belt.

“Seatbelts save lives and only take seconds to clip in so it was worrying to see people not using them or using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

“Safe and considerate driving on our roads is paramount and we will continue to work with our partners on campaigns such as this to stop offending motorists and show the importance of taking road safety seriously.”

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

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