Police fine 52 in road blitz
Police have continued their tough stance against motorists who commit the offences most commonly linked to death or serious injury on the road.
A total of 52 drivers or passengers in Oadby were fined for offences including failing to wear a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while at the wheel.
During the past 18 months, officers in Leicestershire have staged operations to educate motorists about these offences and the two other leading causes of accidents – speeding and drinking and driving.
The Fatal 4 campaign has seen about 1,000 drivers pulled over and spoken to about basic road safety.
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Until this month, motorists were offered the chance to take part in a road safety workshop of roughly half an hour, where they were shown a safety video and given words of advice, instead of being given fines or points on their licences.
Most offending drivers will be asked to complete a road safety awareness session as an alternative to prosecution. The most recent operation was staged in Wigston Road, Oadby, on Tuesday, September 18.
Of the 52 vehicles stopped, some 34 drivers were fined £30 for not wearing a seatbelt and three were fined £60 and three points on their licences for driving while using a mobile phone.
Others were dealt with for offences including bald tyres, not having road tax or driving other than in accordance with their licence.
Jonathan Clarkson, spokesman for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, said: "The four most common causes of death and injury on the roads are drink driving, excessive speed, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and the none-wearing of seatbelts.
"A series of Fatal 4 clinics have been held across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of their driving behaviour. However, in a major change to the operation, all motorists stopped were prosecuted as normal."
Graham Compton, of the force's road policing unit, said: "Since we moved over to enforcement on September 1, four Fatal 4 road safety clinics have been held in the force area.
"These have resulted in about 200 drivers and passengers being dealt with, primarily by the issue of a fixed penalty notice for one or other of the offences.
"No driver has yet been found to be over the drink drive limit.
"It is evident that many drivers and their passengers are still ignoring our basic road safety advice and thereby putting themselves and other road users at risk of injury on our roads.
"With this in mind, the Fatal 4 clinics will continue into the autumn."
Dates are yet to be fixed.