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Friday, 24 October 2014

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42 drivers caught in Cumbria police road safety crackdown

Forty-two motorists were caught speeding, talking on their mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts as part of a police crackdown.

Operation Ballet, which aims to educate motorists to drive safely, was launched at the start of the month.

It aims to target general motoring offences that can contribute to serious collisions.

It is run in two parts – an educational day where drivers are given the opportunity to be dealt with by the means of advice and watching re-construction videos with the fire service. The second part is enforcement, where offences are dealt with robustly.

PC David Edwards, who is organising the operations in west Cumbria, said: “During the two days in Whitehaven and Maryport, a total of 42 motoring offences were detected. These were for speeding, mobile phone usage and not wearing seat belts. All 42 motorists agreed to receive advice from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“Many described how they were shocked at the consequences that could happen as a result of their driving and really felt that the day had an impact on how they would drive in the future.”

Inspector Phil Davidson, responsible for the Western Operational Support Unit, said: “It is important that drivers realise what the consequences can be. It is not just about the points and fines you can receive as a result of driving offences but the fact that you are actually putting people’s lives at risk.

“By asking them to watch an hard-hitting educational video about what can happen, it really brings it home and can change their bad habits.

“If they don’t, then we will catch them again and they will face robust action or they will cause a serious road traffic collision, which could even be fatal.

“It’s not about letting people get away with it, but making sure that they don’t do it again. More of these operations will be carried out during the coming months across west Cumbria.”

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