Police road safety crackdown

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Dozens of motorists were fined and given warnings as part of a joint operation to combat dangerous driving and unsafe vehicles on north Derbyshire’s roads.

Police and road safety officers worked alongside HM Customs and Revenue and VOSA to take part in Operation Safedrive on the A617 at Bramley Vale, on Monday, July 4.

Almost 50 motorists were caught without a seatbelt and a further seven were using their mobile phones while driving.

A number of vehicles were found to have dangerous parts, illegal window tints, no MOT and illegal tyres and one driver was found to have no driving licence.

VOSA issued four immediate prohibition notices on vehicles too dangerous to be on the road and one delayed prohibition for less serious faults.

Customs officers tested all diesel vehicles stopped and uncovered one running on red diesel. A £500 on the spot fine was issued to the driver.

PC Tony Bagshaw, of the Glapwell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a fantastic joint effort to tackle unsafe driving, dangerous vehicles and criminal activity.

“These continue to take place across the county to educate motorists and prevent accidents.”

The operation was also carried out on Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, on Thursday, June 30, where 58 motorists were dealt with for a range of offences.

To find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0345 123 3333 or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.