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New Police Team To Make Dorset's Roads Safer

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9:15am 28th July 2014

Dorset Police say they want to tackle the rising number of deaths on the county's roads - by creating a dedicated team of officers.

Last year, there were 28 fatalities and over 300 people were seriously injured on Dorset's roads and two people tragically lost their lives in Weymouth over the weekend.

Superintendent Nicky Searle, of Dorset Police's Operational Support Command, said: "People tell us they want to see more visible policing on Dorset's roads, not just a reliance on speed cameras and we have responded. In autumn this year we are introducing a dedicated, self-funded 'no excuse' team of trained police officers. They will be focusing on known causes of collisions on our roads, which are speeding, careless driving, using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"Dorset Police is totally committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county's roads. I want to ensure that through 'no excuse' activity there is a real focus on driver awareness of the impact that motoring offences can have on people's lives, however unintentional. The focus of the team will be on providing education to change driver behaviour and to save lives."

The team will consist of one Sargent, six constables and two dedicated members of police staff, with the aim of being able to respond to driving offences which cannot be caught on camera.

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