NEARLY 70 drivers in Ilkeston were stopped by police last Thursday for using mobile phones at the wheel, not wearing seatbelts and driving with defective tyres.
Drivers were issued with fines, court summons or cautions across Derbyshire as part of a week-long crackdown on driving offences.
In Ilkeston, ten drivers were using their phones, 48 were not wearing seatbelts and ten had defective tyres.
Nearly 300 drivers across the county were stopped throughout the week.
Insp Adam Waterfall, of Derbyshire police, said: “It’s alarming to see that so many drivers are risking their lives, and the lives of others, by using their mobiles or failing to belt up.
“Drivers who talk on a phone are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and texting on your phone can be even more distracting.”