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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbria police tackle speeding on Sellafield route

A Cumbria police blitz has led to 70 drivers either being reported or warned for speeding.

Police speed gun

Officers checked 2,400 vehicles for speeding in the villages of Beckermet, Ennerdale and Kirkland during the operation, which ran from February 11 to March 7.

Those who have been reported face points on their licence and a fine.

The campaign - which began following complaints from residents - also highlighted other offences.

These included:

  • Five drivers reported for no insurance, with two vehicles being seized immediately
  • Forty-two drivers issued with a vehicle defect rectification notice
  • Five drivers reported for other offences including using a mobile phone, no seat belt and contravening double white lines.

In addition, 45 drivers were given a breath test, a number of which showed alcohol in the driver’s system but not above the legal limit.

The operation was carried out specifically by officers from the Sellafield Policing Unit, with the support of Sellafield Ltd.

Sergeant Mike Quigley said: “Our aim is to reduce the number of people who speed along the Sellafield commuter routes in order to prevent a serious collision.

“We will continue to run operations in the future and the message is clear, reduce your speed, pay full attention to the road when driving and maintain your vehicle. It is these basic things that could potentially save your life.”

If you have a problem with speeding vehicles where you live, speak to a member of the neighbourhood policing team either in person or by calling 101.

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