Police target motorists in Mansfiekd Woodhouse

A community-directed roads policing operation in Mansfield Woodhouse has resulted in 70 prosecutions.

On Friday police carried out checks on vehicles travelling along a number of roads in the Mansfield north area which had been suggested as problem hotspots by local residents.

Offenders of speed, mobile phone use while driving and lack of seatbelts - the fatal four causes of death and serious injury on Nottinghamshire’s roads - were targeted with speed detection devices and by police ‘spotters’.

At Old Mill Lane, at the junction with The Ridings, four Fixed Penalty Notices were issued - two to motorists for driving while using a mobile phone; and two to motorists not wearing a seatbelt.

In Clipstone Road West, at the junction with Stanley Road, 25 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued - two to motorists driving while using a mobile phone; 16 to drivers not wearing a seatbelt; two to passengers not wearing a seatbelt; and five for speeding.

In A60 Warsop (Carrs Park) 15 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued - three for mobile phone use while driving, nine to those without a seatbelt; and three for speeding

In Chesterfield Road North, opposite the Landmark Building, 26 fixed penalty notices were issued - one for mobile phone use, three for no seatbelt; and 21 for speeding. One motorist was reported for summons for speeding.

Mansfield Woodhouse Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Webster said: “We have carried out this operation following requests by the community for us to tackle driving offences.

“Offenders of these types of crime often ask officers why we are not arresting the ‘real criminals’, but what they need to realise is that the offences of speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt are the major causes of death and serious injury on the road.

“We will continue to run these operations and prosecute people until the message is heard loud and clear that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable. By targeting those people who break the law in this way we are helping to make our roads safer for everyone.”