Posted on 24th June 2015
Vehicle seized in Buxton after motorist was found to be driving without valid insurance
Motorists urged to buckle up and put down their mobile phones after more than 100 vehicles were stopped following an Operation Safedrive in Buxton.
Officers from the town's Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) to ensure that drivers, and their vehicles, were both road safe and legal during a recent drive.
The initiative was carried out along the A6 in Buxton on Friday, June 19, which resulted in 42 motorists being stopped and spoken to about not wearing a seatbelt, and a further 17 drivers for using a mobile phone at the wheel.
A mixture of fixed penalty notices and warnings were also given to 15 motorists for registration plate offences, six for light defaults and a further 20 motorists for offences including illegal window tint, excessive speed and driving without a valid M.O.T.
In addition, eight drivers whose vehicles had defects which seriously affected their roadworthiness were issued with prohibitions to stop them from going onto a public highway.
Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "The Operation Safedrive initiative is part of our current emphasis to encourage drivers to improve their awareness of key issues such as wearing a seatbelt and making sure that their vehicles meet safe and legal standards.
"Although they appear to be well received by motorists and community alike, I am always amazed and hugely disappointed that despite the high profile and long standing campaigns pointing out the dangers, people still aren't wearing their seatbelts.
"The same also applies to the use of mobile phones whilst driving, despite this being a significant factor in contributing to collisions where people are killed and seriously injured.
"We are committed to running Operation Safedrive events to support the ongoing casualty reduction programme and will continue to carry out similar drives in the near future to make our roads safer for all."
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