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Police clamp down on "fatal four"

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

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POLICE are taking to the roads next week to look out for motorists commiting what they dub the "fatal four" offences.

In a bid to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on the area's roads, officers are launching Operation Lifeguard, which co-incides with annual Road Safety Week and will target mobile phone, speeding, seatbelt and drink and drug-driving offences.

Police officers will be pitching up at secret locations during the campaign to catch out drivers using mobile phones and events will be held throughout next week to educate motorists on the dangers.

Officers will be joined at their locations by the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership. Residents who are part of Community Speed Watch schemes will be working with officers on Tuesday to tackle speeding offences. Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, the head of Roads Policing, said: “Operation Lifeguard 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.” As part of the week a virtual surgery will be held from 7pm on Wednesday, November 21 and a week of events will take place each day at the East Midlands Designer Outlet in South Normanton.

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