Cops to tackle the ‘fatal four’

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MOTORISTS across the Dispatch district are being targeted in a six-week campaign to tackle the biggest causes of death or injury on our roads.

The so-called ‘Fatal Four’ are breaking the speed limit, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and use of mobile phones while at the wheel.

Now Nottinghamshire police are to stage a series of road-safety operations across the county throughout September and October in a bid to reduce the number of accidents.

Autumn is a key time as it coincides with the return of children to school, darker nights and deteriorating weather, which makes road conditions more treacherous.

Last September saw five people killed in collisions in the county.

“We are desperately keen to avoid a repetition of last autumn when the number of deaths on the roads jumped alarmingly,” said Chief Insp Andy Charlton, who leads the force on casualty reduction.

“The activity over the next few weeks will be highly visible at peak traffic times to ensure as many people as possible see what we’re doing.

“Sticking to speed limits, not taking that phone call or sending that text message while driving, and not getting behind the wheel after having had an alcoholic drink should be every driver’s habit.”

So far in 2012, Nottinghamshire officers have prosecuted 3,522 drivers for not wearing their seatbelts and more than 3,800 drivers for using their mobile phone and speeding.

“These figures demonstrate that memories still clearly have to be refreshed, which is why we repeat these messages several times each year,” said Chief Insp Charlton.

“Despite the number of accidents overall, especially serious-injury cases, coming down, there are still too many people losing their lives on the county’s roads.”

The force are acting to reduce the risk by highlighting the ‘Fatal Four’ and asking motorists to adhere to the laws.

Driver education courses are now being offered to motorists through AA DriveTech for £92 as an alternative to prosecution for some offences.

But Chief Insp Charlton added: “The most important thing to learn, however, is to not commit any of the ‘Fatal Four’ offences in the first place.”.