Police in Lutterworth stopped 45 motorists as part of an enforcement operation to tackle road safety.
Officers from Harborough, Lutterworth and the Road Policing Unit held a ‘FATAL4’ operation on the A426 Leicester Road in Lutterworth and Coopers Lane in Dunton Bassett last Thursday (September 5).
Of the 45 vehicles that were stopped:
Three drivers were found not to be wearing a seat belt, four drivers were using a mobile phone and 38 drivers were exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
Thirty-nine of the drivers stopped were show a road safety video and were spoken to by firefighters who have attended crashes, to remind the motorists of the dangers of their actions.
Three were reported for traffic offences, and three were given advice by officers.
‘FATAL 4’ is a term used by the emergency services – it summarises the four most likely causes of fatal road traffic collisions; drink driving, speeding; driving while on a mobile phone; and driving without a seatbelt.
Crew manager Richard Hollis and firefighter Robert Horn from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) assisted the police at the event.
PC Andy Smalle, of Lutterworth police, said: “We are very pleased with how well the operation went; and again, it illustrates the road dangers caused by a minority of drivers.”
Sanjay Bulsara, Harborough district manager from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “FATAL4 is a campaign where Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are working together throughout the county to inform the public about the four main causes of road traffic collisions: mobile phones; drink and drugs; speeding; and non-wearing of a seatbelt.
“By running hard-hitting, joint campaigns such as this we aim to inform the public about the dangers they face on the roads and reduce the number of road traffic collisions within the Harborough district.”
Graham Compton from the Road Policing Unit said: “The ‘FATAL4’ clinic ran by local officers assisted by officers from the Road Policing Unit, were kept busy dealing with drivers who are still failing to heed our road safety message. By speeding, not using their seatbelts and being distracted by using their mobile phones whilst driving, they are continuing to put themselves and other road users at risk of injury.
“The clinics are helping to get the road safety message across to this stubborn minority of drivers.”
Further road safety clinics are planned by the Road Policing Unit throughout the year.