Christmas crackdown on motorists

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POLICE have launched Christmas campaigns targeting drivers who flout the law.

In Rutland police are targeting what they call the “fatal four”.

In Lincolnshire officers will be conducting roadside checks to arrest and prosecute drivers suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs.

On Monday officers stopped 14 vehicles in Lands’ End Way, Oakham, and four in Ayston Road, Uppingham, as they sought to tackle the problems of speeding, drink-driving, motorists not wearing seatbelts and drivers using a mobile phone while at the wheel.

Of the 14 drivers stopped in Oakham all were male and their ages ranged from 20 to 84.

Of those, 11 were not wearing seatbelts, one was using a mobile phone and two did not have valid MoT certificates.

In Uppingham three men and one woman were stopped and their ages ranged from 32 to 81.

Two were not wearing a seatbelt and two were speeding.

All of the drivers stopped were breathalysed and all passed.

None were fined, however the drivers were all made to watch a video warning them of the dangers of breaking one of the “fatal four” laws.

Rutland police commander, inspector Kam Mistry said: “We are pleased with the successful day of promoting road safety in Rutland, however 18 drivers were still stopped and educated.

“Our message to drivers is quite simple: Don’t use a mobile while driving, use a seatbelt, do not speed and do not drink and drive.”

The aim of the campaigns is to reduce road casualties over the Christmas and new year period and to educate drivers about how to stay safe on the roads this winter.

Chief inspector Kieran English, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “People in Lincolnshire have, for too long, had their families torn apart by the spectre of drink and drug driving.

“Those that are left behind suffer for all time the loss of a loved one.

“Our enforcement strategy will target those who continue to blight our society. We will conduct checks at all times of the day to ensure drink and drug drivers do not get away with it.”