Cars seized in police safety crackdown

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Six vehicles were seized and more than 80 stopped in a Peak District village by officers during a crackdown on unsafe driving and poor vehicle conditions.

Officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside partner agencies throughout the day on Wednesday, March 11, to host the Operation Safedrive event in Baslow, in which 81 motorists were stopped.

Penalties and warnings were issued to drivers for not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and for their manner of driving.

Motorists were also stopped and spoken to for a number of offences including problems with registration plates, tyre defects and faulty lights.

All diesel-fuelled vehicles were tested by the HM Customs Road Fuel Division during the day, which saw one motorist being issued with a fine and their vehicle seized.

Five vehicles were also seized as they were found to have serious defects which stopped the driver from continuing with their journey without repair or recovery of the vehicle.

Officers teamed up with the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Revenue and Customs, and the Roads Policing Unit to check that cars and their drivers were road safe and legal.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth said: “This operation was a great opportunity for us to work alongside our partners and reinforce the importance of safe and considerate driving on our roads.”