Posted on 5th February 2015
More than 70 motorists stopped as police team up to put the brakes on unsafe driving in Wingerworth.
Police teamed up with partner agencies to carry out an Operation Safedrive event throughout the day on Wednesday, February 4.
The operation was part of a multi-agency initiative to crack down on offences such as not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and vehicle defects.
The Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Roads Policing Unit, HM Revenue and Customs, Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
73 motorists were stopped during the police checks along the A61 in Wingerworth for a number of motoring offences. This included 19 motorists for not wearing seatbelts, three motorists for driving without a valid licence, and five drivers for using a mobile phone at the wheel.
34 drivers were stopped following vehicle offences such as issues with lighting, window tints and number plates, defected tyres and problem exhausts.
11 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.
One motorist received an on the spot fine and their vehicle seized after HM Revenue and Customs discovered that the vehicle was running on illegal red diesel.
Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Leslie Rawson said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
“During the day we worked alongside out partners to promote the message of road safety and the importance of vehicle maintenance to ensure that they are safe and legal to use.
“We will continue to work to take action against those motorists who put others at risk, and uninsured vehicles will be taken off the road to reinforce this message.”
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, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.