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Police stop 19 drivers who weren't wearing seatbelts during a one-day crackdown on the fatal four motoring offences

Nineteen motorists were pulled over and caught not wearing a seatbelt during a one-day patrol.

Police officers were carrying out a "fatal four" operation in Oakham on Friday last week to combat speeding, drink driving, mobile phone use and driving without seatbelts.

Of the 24 traffic offence reports which were made on the day, 19 related to driving without a seatbelt.

Police are carrying out "fatal four" patrols
Police are carrying out "fatal four" patrols

Sergeant Paul Kear said it was surprising to record so many seatbelt offences and none relating to phone use.

He said: "From a road safety point of view, it's pleasing that there were no mobile phone offences, but on another day we might find plenty of people on the phone but everyone wearing a seatbelt."

The fatal four patrol followed an increase in drink-driving offences, for which several drivers have been charged in Rutland during recent weeks.

Sgt Kear said: "People should feel confident in reporting cases of drink driving to us via 101.

"If you're out in the pub and you see someone who you suspect is drink driving, please provide us with as much information as possible."

Reports can also be made to Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Officers will be carrying out more fatal four patrols across the county in the coming weeks.

The move comes as traffic levels return to pre-pandemic levels across the Rutland area.

Sgt Kear added: "There is lots of road safety work to be done."

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