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Unsafe drivers targeted as Operation Safedrive heads to Castle Gresley

Posted on 22nd December 2014

More than 90 motorists were stopped for unsafe driving in South Derbyshire as part of Operation Safedrive.  

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, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and South Derbyshire Licensing.Vehicle-inspection-Op-Safedrive-A444

The team focused on the A444 in Castle Gresley during the drive which took place on Tuesday, December 16.

The officers stopped 94 vehicles during the operation and issued a mixture of warnings and penalties.

Amongst them 21 motorists were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, 17 for using a mobile phone whilst driving, 10 for tyre defects and 10 for vehicle registration offences.

PC Barry Jackson from the CREST team said:” It is extremely concerning to discover the defects of some of the vehicles we come across.

“One vehicle stopped for numerous offences had tyres that were in a very dangerous state; needless to say the owner was issued a PG9 notice and could not continue until all defects were repaired.

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“Another large goods vehicle driver was stopped and reported for failing to control his vehicle, on closer inspection he was eating his breakfast from a bowl at the wheel.”

Other offences included lighting related offences, excess speed and insecure loads.

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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