ASHBOURNE Safer Neighbourhood police officers have been heading out on the road to tackle unsafe driving and vehicle safety in Brailsford.
During the operation on Tuesday, September 2, more than 80 vehicles were stopped by officers for offences such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
The policing team worked in partnership with the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Roads Policing Unit and HM Revenue and Customs during the operation.
Police stopped 81 vehicles during the Operation Safedrive event and issued a mixture of warnings and penalties to:
25 motorists for seatbelt offences;
Eight motorists for using a mobile phone at the wheel;
Six vehicles for tyre defects;
Six vehicles for registration plate offences;
Six vehicles for brake effectiveness;
Three motorists for driving without a correct licence.
Other motorists were stopped for issues around brakes, insecure loads, and trailer offences and driving without a valid M.O.T. Throughout the day, 11 vehicles were also deemed too dangerous to be on the road and were stopped from continuing with their journey without repair or recovery.
All vehicles running on diesel also had their fuel tested by HM Revenue and Customs, resulting in one offence for the use of illegal fuel.
Sergeant Denis Murphy who leads the Safer Neighbourhood teams in Ashbourne said: “This operation is a great example of how we work alongside our partners to tackle the issues that are important to local people.
“The operation is not just about enforcement, it is also about educating drivers on the importance of safe and considerate driving to keep our roads safe.
“I’m always disappointed to see how many unsafe vehicles are identified by these operations and I am led to wonder how the drivers would feel if the defects became factors in a serious collision.
“I would like to urge motorists to check their vehicle regularly to ensure that their lights are working effectively and that their tyres are in good condition.”
Operation Safedrive is an on-going Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.
For more information call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.