Police tackle illegal driving

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A CRACKDOWN on illegal motoring led to police catching 42 drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Another 215 were found driving without their seatbelts and 11 were ordered not to use their vehicles again until defects found by an inspection team are repaired.

A total of 14 motorists were also spoken to about the manner of their driving.

Inspector Adam Waterfall, of Derbyshire Police, said: “It’s alarming to see that so many drivers are risking their lives and the lives of others, by using their mobiles or failing to belt up.

“Drivers who talk on a phone are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and texting on your phone can be even more distracting.

“It has been an offence for many years now to drive without a seatbelt, or while using a phone. Drivers should know better and there is no excuse for flouting the law.”

The crackdown was mounted to coincide with road safety charity Brake’s Road Safety Week.