Posted on 14th March 2014
Officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team have been heading out on the road to tackle speeding motorists and unsafe vehicles in the area as part of Beat Sweep action.
Police teamed up with partnership agencies to ensure vehicle safety and to crack down on offences such as not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving with defective tyres.
The Safer Neighbourhood officers worked alongside the Roads Policing Unit, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and High Peak Borough Council Waste Enforcement during the operation on Wednesday, March 12.
Around forty vehicles were stopped during the operation at the Co-operative Store on Church Road, New Mills, which saw twelve tickets being issued and verbal advice being given to motorists around the condition of their vehicle.
Five vehicles were stopped from continuing due to having serious defects and one motorist was also stopped for driving with inadequate insurance.
Waste enforcement checks were carried out throughout the operation to ensure that no unlicensed waste was being carried.
Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Working with our partnership agencies such as High Peak Borough Council, VOSA and the Roads Policing Unit is a great way for us to combat issues in the 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.”
As part of the targeted Beat Sweep action, a community speed watch event was carried out in Little Hayfield to prevent drivers from speeding on roads in the area.
Ten motorists were sent letters regarding their excess speeding to remind them of their responsibility to road safety to keep pedestrians and other road users safe.
Vehicle checks have also been carried out in Hague Bar and Birch Vale over the last week to ensure the safe condition and use of vehicles in the area.
From this, 75 vehicles were stopped which saw four motorists being spoken to about the condition of their tyres to meet legal safety requirements and two motorists for the condition of the lights on their vehicle.
To speak to the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.