Nottinghamshire Police is urging motorists to take care on the roads this Christmas as the first of the wintery weather kicks in.
‘Buckle up and drive responsibly’ is the simple message for safer roads from police chiefs.
The four main causes of death on the roads are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and using your mobile phone while behind the wheel.
Superintendent Andy Hall, who heads up Roads Policing, said: “Last December was one of the worst in recent years for deaths on our roads, with 12 families losing loved ones following collisions. So far this year 34 people have died, that’s three more than last year’s total.
“We have already seen two incidents in December this year in which three people have died. While the causes of these collisions are still under investigation we do not want it to be a reflection of the month to come.
“The majority of crashes can be avoided by simply driving to the conditions of the road and taking time and care on your journey. In winter there is the added consideration of bad weather and shorter daylight hours.
“We will be on the roads this winter actively seeking out and stopping anyone who is displaying erratic or potentially dangerous driving. Drive badly on our roads expect to get stopped and dealt with appropriately.
“Help us prevent further tragedies, drive responsibly.”
Report careless or drink drivers to police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.