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Police team up to tackle unsafe driving in New Mills with Operation Safedrive

Posted on 1st July 2014


 Police worked in partnership to put the brakes on unsafe vehicles and speeding motorists in New Mills as part of Operation Safedrive.

More than 90 vehicles were stopped during the operation as officers worked to crack down on offences including using a mobile phone at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and poor vehicle conditions.

Safer Neighbourhood officers teamed up with the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Customs Fuel on Tuesday, June 24.

Officers stopped over 90 motorists during the operation on Albion Road, New Mills including 47 people for not wearing a seatbelt, 12 people for using a mobile phone at the wheel and three motorists who were found to be driving without insurance.

A mixture of warnings and penalties were also issued to:

  • Six people for tyre related offences;
  • Four people for lighting offences;
  • Two drivers for excess speed;
  • Three people for registration plate offences;
  • Two motorists for trailer offences;
  • One motorist for driving with no MOT.

Throughout the morning of action, VOSA issued eight prohibition notices to vehicles that were deemed too dangerous to be on the road and Customs Fuel carried out 30 diesel checks as part of the partnership drive. Six motorists were also required to remove illegal tints from their windows before continuing with their journey.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Carrying out joint initiatives is a great way for us to work in partnership with agencies such as CREST, VOSA and Customs Fuel to tackle any issues and improve the safety of the local community.

 “Operation Safedrive events are all about educating motorists about responsible driving and vehicle conditions to make the roads safer across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

“Overall, we received a positive response from the local community for our efforts to make their roads a safer place to drive.”

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

To speak to the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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