Police target unsafe drivers

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A POLICE operation to tackle unsafe driving through Tibshelf could lead to one driver losing their licence.

Officers from the Tibshelf, Newton and Blackwell Safer Neighbourhood Team worked with the casualty reduction team, VOSA and Customs and Excise to target dangerous driving through the village on 22nd March.

The results, released this week, show the team caught 44 motorists who weren’t wearing their seatbelt and 10 who were using a mobile phone while driving.

One of those caught using their mobile was issued with a summons to court as they already had nine penalty points on their licence.

Eight drivers were also pulled over and warned about vehicle defects including illegal window tints and number plate and tyre offences.

Three were forced to remove their cars from the road immediately due to serious defects.

One driver was also given a warning for a public order offence after they used threatening, abusive or insulting words.

PC Lorna Evans of the Tibshelf, Newton and Blackwell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said the initiative should act as a warning to motorists.

“We ran this operation in September last year and found dozens of drivers flouting the law,”she said.

“Unfortunately, some people are still running the risk of fines or worse by not wearing their seatbelt or using their mobile phone.

“We will continue to target these motorists who make the roads less safe for everyone else.”

Customs and Excise also fined two drivers £500 after they were caught using red diesel in their cars.

A Nottinghamshire based skip company has been fined £20,000 after they admitted using red diesel across their fleet. They were caught after one of their drivers was stopped during a similar operation in Shirland in October last year.

For more information on your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 0345 123 3333 or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.