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Unsafe-drivers targeted as Operation Safedrive heads to Chellaston

Posted on 13th August 2014

More than 80 motorists were stopped for unsafe driving in Chellaston as part of Operation Safedrive.

Police teamed up with partnership agencies to crack down on offenses such as not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving with defective tyres.

Chellaston Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and officers from the Collision Investigation Unit on Friday, August 8.

Officers stopped 44 drivers during the operation on the A514 Swarkestone Road for not wearing a seatbelt whilst driving as well as 20 people for using a phone at the wheel.

Six motorists were stopped for defects on their vehicles that required attention with one driver being issue a PG 9 notice, their vehicle was found to have such serious defects that it was immediately prohibited from being driven on the road.Op-Safedrive-defective-tyre

The last vehicle called into the check site for a minor offence was found to have no insurance and was seized immediately under Section 165.  Op-Safedrive-vehicel-seized-no-insurance

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing for the area said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“Although the majority of road users went on without a problem it is still alarming to see a number of drivers flouting road traffic laws.

“Through lack of maintenance and care for their vehicle, motorists are putting other people’s lives at risk.

 “It is essential that vehicle owners take road safety and traffic issues seriously and we hope that this operation reminds motorists about the importance of safe and considerate driving.”

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

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