Motorists reminded to buckle up

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MOTORISTS have been given a stark reminder to buckle-up after they were caught not wearing a seatbelt during a road safety operation in Darley Dale and Wirksworth.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, Roads Policing Unit and CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team) joined staff from VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and HM Revenue and Customs to check cars and their drivers were road safe and legal.

They targeted the main A6 at Darley Dale and set up a checking station at Wirksworth Fire Station on Monday, October 12 as part of the county-wide campaign named Operation Safedrive, set up to target concerns about safety behind the wheel.

A mixture of fixed penalty notices and warnings were given to 40 people not wearing their seatbelt and seven drivers for using their mobile phone.

Three drivers were made to remove their tint as they were below the legal visibility levels.

Eight drivers whose vehicles had defects which seriously affected their roadworthiness were issued with prohibitions to stop them from going onto a public highway.

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

PC Doug Eyre of the Wirksworth Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Our main aim 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.

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

In addition, HM Revenue and Customs carried out fuel dip testing during the checks, and one vehicle were found to be using red diesel.

Operation Safedrive checks continue to take place throughout the county and the team hope to plan future operations in the Darley Dale, Wirksworth and Matlock areas.

To contact the your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 0345 123 33 33 or email from the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk