Unsafe drivers targeted in Ilkeston

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Almost 30 motorists were stopped for dangerous driving habits during a police crack-down in Ilkeston.

Officers from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood teams joined forces with the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) on Operation Safedrive to ensure that drivers, and their vehicles, were both road safe and legal.

Nearly 30 motorists being stopped and spoken to about not wearing seatbelts, using mobile phones whilst driving, driving with excess speed and without due care, having insufficient tyre tread on the vehicles, vehicle lights not working and one vehicle was seized after being having been driven with no relevant insurance.

Inspector Jim Thompson, who is in charge of policing in Erewash, said: “The aim of the Safedrive operations are to make our roads safer throughout Derbyshire and to help educate motorists about their driving as well as the importance of keeping their vehicles in a roadworthy state.“Laws are there to protect drivers and pedestrians and this operation was all about making sure motorists obey them. The fact that people are still driving without seatbelts is astounding as it takes a second to put it on and they save lives in the event of an accident. Driving while using a phone is simply unacceptable too and we will continue these operations until the message gets across.”

The initiative was carried out yesterday, Tuesday, July 19 on Awsworth Road.

Operation Safedrive is an on-going Derbyshire police campaign to educate motorists about responsible driving and make roads across the county safer.