Police out in force to promote road safety campaigns

Fatal4 operation at Burley Road car park, Oakham.  From left, PC Trevor Spare, PC Claire Howarth and PC Mark Barlow.'Photo: MSMP240413-004ow
Fatal4 operation at Burley Road car park, Oakham. From left, PC Trevor Spare, PC Claire Howarth and PC Mark Barlow.'Photo: MSMP240413-004ow
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Police were out in force in Oakham last week speaking to drivers and cyclists and promoting two road safety campaigns.

Officers spent Wednesday last week in Burley Road, Oakham, stopping drivers as part of the nationwide Fatal Four campaign.

The campaign aims to prosecute people for not wearing a seatbelt, driving while talking on a mobile, drink-driving or speeding.

During the morning 33 drivers were stopped and fined.

Of the 33, 22 were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, two for using a mobile while driving and six for speeding.

A further three people were stopped for other offences, including driving without insurance, a baby not in a suitable seat and unsuitable tyres.

On the same day, officers were also in Market Place, Oakham, giving out free high visibility rucksacks to anyone who went with a bike.

More than 30 bags were given out.

Jonathan Clarkson, from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety, said both events went well.

He said: “It is the first time we have done the cycle campaign in Rutland it was very well received. Despite the lighter nights, it is still important for cyclists to remain visible.”