Thirty drivers caught committing offences
6:30am Thu Oct 04, 2012
Police in Ollerton caught more than 30 motorists committing driving offences in one day as part of a regional campaign to crack down on drivers breaking the law.
One driver was arrested on suspicion of posessing drugs with intent to supply after officers found cannabis in his car after stopping him for speeding.
Another will appear in court after driving at 60mph in a 30mph zone.
Police issued 13 fines to drivers caught speeding and using mobile phones while driving, and 12 fines for not wearing a seatbelt.
The checks were carried out in Ollerton and Edwinstowe.
Edwinstowe Parish Council had complained to the police about speeding cars in the area, resulting in the operation where officers stood by the roadside to monitor drivers.
The operation, named Doncella, is part of a wider campaign by Nottinghamshire Police to stop drivers speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, drink driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.
Known collectively as the Fatal Four, those factors are the biggest causes of death and serious injury on the roads.
Sergeant Mark Talbot said: “If one or more of the fatal four offences are committed, it is statiscally proven that a serious accident will turn into a fatal accident for those involved.
“People get into a habit of committing these offences and they think it’s acceptable to do so.
“Drivers often say I was only using my phone briefly, or I had to speed a little because I needed to get to somewhere, they are very common excuses we hear but they are unacceptable.
“We want to raise awareness of these offences, and how serious the consequences can be.”
The Fatal Four campaign was introduced by Nottinghamshire Police in August.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton said: “We are desperately keen to avoid a repetition of last autumn when the number of deaths on the roads jumped alarmingly and provided a setback to our casualty reduction targets.
“The activity over the next few weeks will be highly visible at peak traffic times to ensure as many people as possible see what we are doing.”
Driving without a seatbelt or while using a mobile phone results in £60 fines. Anyone driving over the legal alcohol limit will receive a driving ban. Those caught speeding have points on their licence and fines.
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