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Unsafe vehicles targeted as Operation Safedrive heads to Chellaston

Posted on 16th February 2015

More than 80 motorists were stopped for unsafe driving in South Derbyshire as part of an Operation Safedrive initiative last week.  Illegal-red-diesel-found-in-vehicle

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

Safer Neighbourhood Officers worked alongside the Roads Policing Unit (RPU), Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), HM Customs Fuel and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

The team were based on Swarkestone Road in Chellaston on Friday, February 13.

The officers stopped 89 vehicles during the operation and issued a mixture of warnings and penalties.

Amongst them 34 motorists were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and six for vehicle registration offences.

PC Barry Jackson from the CREST team said: “Two vehicles were seized on the day, one vehicle stopped for a motoring offence was found to be running on illegal red diesel, it was seized immediately by HM Customs.Lorry-seized,-in-dangerous-condition

“A further vehicle used for cleaning bins was found to be in such dangerous condition it was removed from the road by VOSA.”

Other offences included lighting related offences, a defective windscreen and exhaust offences.

PC Jackson continued: “The aim of the Safedrive operations are to make our roads safer throughout Derbyshire and help educate motorists about their driving as well as the importance of keeping their vehicles in a roadworthy state.

“Do not put off important maintenance of your vehicle, it can mean the difference between life and death for you, passengers, other road users and pedestrians.”

To speak to the team or to find out more, call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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