Eleven cars seized by police in crackdown on unsafe driving in Derbyshire

Police officers have been seizing cars as part of an operation in Wingerworth
Police officers have been seizing cars as part of an operation in Wingerworth
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More than 70 motorists have been stopped by police in an operation aimed at putting the brakes on unsafe driving.

Police teamed up with partner agencies to carry out Operation Safedrive on Wednesday, February 4.

The operation was part of a multi-agency initiative to crack down on offences including failing to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and vehicle defects.

Of the 73 motorists stopped along the A61 in Wingerworth, north Derbyshire, 19 motorists were not wearing seatbelts, three motorists did not have licences and five were using a mobile phone at the wheel.

The remaining 34 had problems with lighting, window tints, number plates, defective tyres and their exhausts.

Police seized 11 vehicles because defects were so deemed so serious.

Sergeant Leslie Rawson said: “The point of Operation Safedrive is to make our roads as safe as we can for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“During the day we worked alongside out partners to promote the message of road safety and the importance of vehicle maintenance to ensure that they are safe and legal to use.”