Crackdown on motorists

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POLICE checkpoints were set up in north Derbyshire in a bid to catch motorists flouting the law.

Derbyshire Police’s casualty reduction team and safer neighbourhood team officers joined forces with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to check vehicles driving along the A632 at Arkwright, between Chesterfield and Bolsover.

They spent five hours checking vehicles and seized one van being driven without insurance.

They also found 28 motorists not wearing seatbelts and another four using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

VOSA seized seven cars for having serious defects, and all the vehicles need to pass an MOT before they can be driven again.

Sergeant Sally Blaiklock, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing in the Clay Cross area, said: “We have acted on residents’ concerns and carried out this operation and achieved good results.

“We wanted to remind motorists to be responsible drivers.”