POLICE from Ashbourne have put the brakes on unsafe vehicles and speeding motorists in town as part of Operation Safedrive.
More than 70 vehicles were stopped during the operation in Hulland Ward in a bid to crack down on offences such as using a mobile phone at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and poor vehicle conditions.
Safer Neighbourhood officers teamed up with the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on Friday and stopped more than 78 motorists.
Officers issued a mixture of warnings and penalties to 26 motorists for seatbelt offences, four people for driving while using a mobile phone, eight people for tyre related offences and 22 motorists for speeding.
Other issues included lighting and registration offences, three vehicles being required to remove illegal window tints and one motorist for driving without a licence.
VOSA also issued nine prohibition notices to vehicles that were deemed too dangerous to be on the road.
Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Operation Safedrive is not about inconveniencing and delaying law-abiding motorists, but rather a pro-active initiative to promote safety and to detect road traffic offences.
“The operation was received by motorists in an extremely positive way but I must say that I am surprised and disappointed to see that a large number of drivers were not wearing seat-belts and that several vehicles were immediately prohibited from using the highway.
“I would urge all motorists to check over their vehicles to ensure that they are safe and legal to use. This volume of offences indicates that there is still work to do and we will be looking to mount a similar operation later in the year.”