Motorists breaking law targeted during road safety week

Posted on 18th November 2013

A week of action aimed at reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in collisions is being carried out across Derbyshire to coincide with the charity BRAKE’s annual road safety week.

The week of events start today (Monday, November 18) and will target the ‘fatal four’ which are the most significant factors in terms of contributing to collisions as well as offering education to motorists.

The launch of the operation, run by Derbyshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit, coincides with national road safety charity BRAKE’s annual road safety week.

The fatal four, which significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, are using a mobile phone while driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

The operation will be supporting BRAKE by having a week of action focusing on different areas of the fatal four as well as uninsured and disqualified drivers and a day of education for motorists at the East Midlands Designer Outlet.

Several locations across the county will be used by during the week to target each of the fatal four. Officers will be joined by the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.

During the event at the East Midlands Designer Outlet on Tuesday, November 19 shoppers will be offered advice on how to get their car ready for wintry weather.

Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Steve Wilson said: “Our operation is not just one week of action; it is part of an ongoing road safety strategy to help reduce the number of fatal and serious collisions in Derbyshire.

“We will be taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone caught committing one of the fatal four as part of the ongoing operation.

“However, it is not all about enforcement. My officers will also be engaging with drivers in the hope of changing their behaviour and educating them on the dangers associated with the fatal four.”

For more information visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk|.

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