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More than 100 Buxton motorists stopped as part of Operation Safedrive

Posted on 15th April 2015

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Vehicle with no insurance is seized by police

More than 100 motorists have been stopped in Buxton as officers teamed up to put the brakes on unsafe driving and vehicle faults.

Officers from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Roads Policing Unit, Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) throughout the day of action.

The Operation Safedrive event took place on Friday, April 10, which saw motorists being pulled over and spoken to along the A6 in Buxton, for a number of offences.

47 motorists were found not to be wearing a seatbelt, 14 people were seen to be using a mobile phone at the wheel and 11 vehicles were stopped for registration plate offences.

Nine vehicles were also seized as they were found with serious defects which stopped the driver from continuing with their journey without repair or recovery of the vehicle.Buxton Operation Safedrive  (1)

20 warnings and penalties were also issued to motorists for a number of offences including driving without a valid licence, defective tyres, faulty lights, insecure loads and driving without a current MOT on the vehicle.

Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Safedrive operations take place regularly throughout the county and are a great example of how agencies can work together to promote road safety.

"I am always surprised at the number of people who choose not to wear seat belts whilst driving, despite the hard-hitting publicity campaigns since the law was changed several decades ago.

"I am also disappointed that people continue to use hand held devices at the wheel, despite all the evidence that suggests that this is one of the more common causes of more serious collisions.

"Reducing casualties on the roads remains a priority for the force and we will continue to work with the communities of Buxton and the motoring public through this and similar operations."

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 about the initiative or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @BuxtonTownSNT

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