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Over 40 unsafe drivers stopped in Tintwistle

Posted on 18th October 2013

Police teamed up with partnership agencies to target unsafe driving in Tintwistle as part of Operation Safedrive.  

The joint push for road safety concentrated on the A628, Woodhead Pass, following complaints of anti-social use of vehicles in the area.  

The Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on Wednesday, October 16.

The officers stopped 46 motorists during the morning of action and issued a mixture of warnings and penalties to:

  • Twelve drivers for not wearing a seatbelt
  • Eight motorists for driving while using a mobile phone
  • Eight people for number plate offences
  • Eight people for tyre related offences

VOSA also issued five immediate and three delayed vehicle prohibition notices for defects which affected the vehicles safety and roadworthiness.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We often hear concerns from the Tintwistle community regarding the anti-social use of vehicles on the Woodhead Pass and we take these very seriously.

“During the morning we dealt with a range of offences and although the majority of road users went on without a problem, it was still worrying to see that some of the drivers were not wearing a seatbelt and driving with defective tyres.

“It is only a minority of drivers that are putting other people’s safety at risk but we hope that this operation will act as a reminder to motorists about the importance of safe and considerate driving.”

Police would also like to urge motorists in Derbyshire to check over their vehicles especially now that the darker nights are drawing in.

This includes ensuring that all of the vehicles lights are working properly and that their tyres are safe and legal to use.   

To hear more about Operation Safedrive or to speak to the team call on 101.

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