Posted on 25th March 2015
More than 80 motorists were pulled over by police as part of a road safety operation in Matlock.
Safer Neighbourhood officers carried out the day of checks on Dale Road North in Darley Dale, offering advice to drivers and issuing fines to those caught committing motoring offences.
The policing team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Revenue and Customs, and the Roads Policing Unit to check that cars and their drivers were road safe and legal.
81 motorists were stopped for a number of offences including faulty vehicle lights, defective tyres, and speeding during the Operation Safedrive event on Friday, March 20.
During the day of checks, 31 drivers received fixed penalty notices for not wearing a seatbelt, ten motorists were also fined for using a mobile phone at the wheel and one vehicle was seized as it was not insured.
Nine vehicles were also found to have serious defects which stopped the driver from continuing with their journey without repair or recovery of the vehicle.
All diesel fuelled vehicles were tested by the HM Customs Road Fuel Division during the day.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth from the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Operation Safedrive events are all about advising motorists to help improve the safety of our roads for all users and pedestrians.
“Although the majority of drivers went on without a problem, it was concerning to see the number of people not wearing a seatbelt or using their phones while driving, and therefore putting the lives of others at risk.
“Stopping drivers is just one part of this operation and until the road safety message gets across, we will carry on educating drivers any way we can.”
Operation Safedrive is an on-going Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.
To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @MatlockSNT