a POLICE crackdown on dangerous drivers saw almost 100 motorists spoken to or penalised in just six hours.
Officers from Ilkeston’s Safer Neighbourhood Team and CREST (Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team) ran the road safety operation on Nottingham Road, on Wednesday March 21.
The crackdown focused on the fatal four – drinking and driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
Officers dealt with 57 seatbelt offences, ten mobile phone offences, four drivers who were not in proper control, two drivers for licence offences, six tyre offences, one driver with no insurance and two number plate offences.
Sgt John Troup, said: “The number of drivers fined for not wearing a seatbelt was high and it is disappointing that people ignore the simple advice that wearing it could well save your life.
“It is also disappointing that some motorists are still ignoring the very real dangers caused by using a mobile phone whilst driving.”
Insp Nick Daines added: “I’m extremely disappointed that decades after seatbelt legislation was introduced, people still haven’t got the message that it is an offence to not wear a seatbelt but more importantly wearing a seatbelt could save your life.”
Four vehicles were issued with immediate prohibition notices due to serious defects and five others were handed notices to repair faults. Five cars were also found to have illegal window tints which were removed on the spot.
Sgt Troup added: “One vehicle was seized by police under section 165 of the road traffic act for driving without insurance and I hope this sends the message out to drivers that if you don’t have insurance then we will seize your vehicle.”
Two other drivers paid on the spot fines of £500 and £700 to avoid having their vehicles seized by HM Customs for using red diesel and Kerosene.