Drivers targeted during road safety operation

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POLICE in Bakewell have been targeting dangerous driving and poor vehicle maintenance as part of the multi-agency Operation Safedrive initiative.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team joined forces with CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team), roads policing unit, VOSA vehicle examiners and HM Revenue and Customs.

The vehicles were checked on Friday, February 3 outside Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell.

29 motorists were stopped seatbelt offences, 10 drivers were pulled up for using their mobile phones and eight vehicles were found to have defective tyres.

Nine drivers whose vehicles had defects which seriously affected their roadworthiness were issued with prohibitions to stop them from going onto a public highway. Seven were immediate and two were delayed.

The owner then has to put the vehicle through an MOT before they can go back on the road.

In addition, HM Revenue and Customs carried out fuel dip testing during the checks, to check for red diesel or specialist dye which may have been put into the fuel to help identify if it has been stolen.

A number of companies in the Derbyshire Dales have recently signed up to the fuel dying crime prevention scheme, launched by the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership.

One vehicle was found to be running on red diesel and HMRC will be dealing with the offence.

Safer Neighbourhood Sgt. Andy Wordsworth said: “The main aim of the operation is to remind motorists of their responsibilities behind the wheel, from making sure their vehicles are roadworthy, to driving carefully and with respect for local speed limits.

“It was a cold, frosty day with temperatures as low as minus seven when the checks were started and numerous drivers were stopped and spoken to about clearing their windscreens sufficiently, something which we always advise people to do before setting off.”

Sgt. Wordsworth added: “Road safety is something which affects everyone and we hope these operations will help to make our roads safer for the whole community.”

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the new non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or log on to www.derbyshire.police.uk.