88 Motoring Offences Detected In Bridport
3:49pm 21st November 2013
Teams of ‘no excuse’ officers visited Bridport yesterday – Wednesday 20 November 2013 – to remind motorists of the importance of road safety.
Enforcement officers carried out patrols in the town and surrounding areas targeting law-flouting motorists for the latest Surround a Town event.
The initiative forms part of the ‘no excuse’ project which aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads.
The event was supported by the Dorset Road Safe partners and included a visit from the Dorset Rescue Service Fire Events Vehicle and the award-winning 50/50 Car.
Staff from Balfour Beatty attended to raise awareness of the risk of inappropriate driving when road workers are carrying out their duties, the Headway Charity promoted the importance of wearing cycle helmets and the Cycling Sports Group supplyed cycling engineering skills.
Morrisons at Bridport gave their support to the event by providing facilities to the officers on duty.
Of the 88 motoring offences detected, 42 were for speeding. One man, who was stopped for speeding at 47 mph in a 30mph zone, confessed to already having nine points on his licence and an acceptance on a forthcoming Driver Awareness Scheme course.
A total of 33 tickets were issued to drivers or passengers for not wearing a seatbelt and 27 (80 per cent) took the opportunity to attend a free 30 minute seatbelt awareness course held in Bridport Town Hall.
One businessman said afterwards: “No excuse is a very good idea. When I heard of the ‘no excuse’ operation on the radio I immediately warned all my drivers to behave and wear their seatbelt – then forgot to put my own on.”
Another course attendee said: “I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt, got caught and received a well needed wakeup call.”
Five drivers received £100 Fixed Penalty Notices for using their hand-held mobile phones. A further eight drivers received words of advice for driving with broken lights and faulty break lights.
One driver had their vehicle seized for driving without insurance.
Chief Superintendent Martin Hiles, of Dorset Police, said: “The Surround a Town events are just one of the ways we try to increase safety on Dorset’s roads.
“The vast majority of the feedback we received from the event in Bridport was extremely positive.
“All but one of the drivers caught during the day accepted that they were in the wrong and that they had no excuse.
“Reducing deaths and injuries on the roads is a key priority for Dorset Police and I urge all motorists to ensure they drive responsibly.”
In addition to the extra enforcement activity that took place during yesterday’s Surround a Town event, Dorset Road Safe staff and partners visited two local schools.
A team of skilled professionals worked with a group of 410 children at Bridport Primary School to deliver education and advice on pedestrian and cycle safety.
Students were also offered the opportunity to have their bicycles serviced and repaired for free by our colleagues at Cycling Sports Group (CSG).
The pupils had taken part in a range of activities and competitions, which culminated in a prize giving ceremony attended by Superintendent Nicky Searle.
Debbie Brown, head teacher at Bridport Primary School, said: “Our road safety day helped us to revisit knowledge we needed to reflect on, learn new and important messages about keeping ourselves safe on our roads and we had great fun along the way. The prizes were amazing and we will be very recognisable around Bridport with our 400+ high visibility bags and properly secured bike helmets. Thank you for an inspiring day from all at BPS. We look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Dorset Road Safe also took their 50/50 car and Dying to Drive presentation to 200 sixth formers at Woodroffe Secondary School in Lyme Regis.
Rob Smith, Road Safety Manager for Dorset County Council, said: “The ‘no excuse’ project will continue to provide a wake up call for those motorists who continue to make the most basic mistakes, have frequent lapses of concentration or think that the odd minor violation of traffic law doesn't harm anyone.
“We don't just want to have the safest roads in Dorset, we want to have the safest road users. There is only so much that the police and local councils can do to encourage and enable road users to act responsibly. It is encouraging to hear the local community's positive comments on what the ‘no excuse’ project is trying to achieve. We can't however, achieve this on our own. Road safety is everyone's responsibility and there is no excuse for some of the bad and careless behaviour we all see every day.”
Other visitors making a clear show of support to the operation included Bridport Town Mayor Mrs Maggie Ray, accompanied by her husband Councillor Martin Ray, and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell.