A hard-hitting police crackdown in Ashfield has led to 140 motorists falling foul of the law.
The three-day long operation by Nottinghamshire Police was carried out as part of the force’s Fatal 4 drive as part of their ongoing campaign to boost safety on the district’s roads.
The campaign, which took place between Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd May, aims to tackle what police describe as the most dangerous behaviours regularly seen by drivers - exceeding the speed limit, failing to wear seat belts, using mobile phones whilst driving and driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Insp Andy Clarke, neighbourhood inspector for Ashfield North division, said the locations of the operations have been selected because they are known collision hot spots or where people have raised concerns about motorists speeding.
He said: “It needs to be recognised that we do have collision hot spots in Ashfield North and we are targeting resources to raise awareness and where appropriate prosecuting motorists for offences that have been contributory factors in collisions at these locations.”
A total of 32 motorists were prosecuted on the first day of the operation, which saw police checkpoints set up in Common Lane, Huthwaite, and in Alfreton Road and Station Road in Sutton.
During the second day, police were located at the Fox and Crown crossroads, and along the A38 at its junctions with Station Road and Alfreton Road, where a total of 50 motorists were prosecuted.
A further 32 drivers were prosecuted on the second day of the operation. All prosecutions were for not wearing seatbelts or using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
On Friday, a further 26 offenders were snared after police again stopped traffic in Common Lane, Huthwaite, and locations on the A38 and in Skegby. Of these, 18 prosecutions were for car-users not wearing seat belts, with a further eight spoken to by police. Targeting Fatal 4 offences has also been established as a policing priority for the Ashfield area after a spate of fatal collisions around North Nottinghamshire.
And in a bid to target younger motorists, police will be joining with other emergency services on Friday, 30th May, when it stages a mock