Motorists caught out in Shirebrook safety crackdown

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POLICE in Shirebrook are cracking down on dangerous driving and vehicle safety.

During an operation, four minibuses were taken off the road due to safety defects including faulty seatbelts, defective tyres and insecure seats.

A number of drivers were found without correct insurance, three drivers were caught committing seatbelt offences and was driver was stopped for using his mobile phone at the wheel.

Four motorists were forced to remove window tinting which fell below legal visibility levels and one driver was found to have tyre defects.

Officers issued a mixtures of warnings and fixed penalty notices for the offences.

The operation, called Safedrive, was carried out in Weighbridge Road, near to the Sports Direct factory outlet on Sunday 29th April.

It was in conjunction with the Casualty Reduction Enforcement and Support Team, HM Revenue and Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

PC Craig Dawes said: “The operation was organised in response to concerns about road safety in the area.

“It is important we carry out operations like these to highlight how important it is to keep vehicles well maintained and to encourage drivers and owners to take responsibility for keeping their vehicles safe, legal and roadworthy.”

Further checks are being planned across the area in the future.