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Local Residents Helping Catch Motorists Breaking the Law

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8:47am 4th July 2012

Safer Neighbourhood teams in Dorset have used intelligence gathered from local residents to target specific locations where motorists are breaking the law.

17 speeding drivers and 11 not wearing their seatbelts were stopped in Bridport last month after information given by the public.

A further 8 were caught using their mobile phones at the wheel and 5 were found without an MOT, insurance or proper documents.

On Thursday 21 June the 'no excuse' team arranged a day of action with SNT colleagues from Bridport, Sherborne, Weymouth, Blandford, Wareham, Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth.  A number of marked and unmarked vehicles were used to detect over 100 traffic offences.

The day of action again produced comments that show bad and careless drivers continue to use Dorset's roads.

A male lorry driver said: "I am far too busy to put my seat belt on."

One young female driver said: "I didn't have the phone in my hand, I had it wedged under my chin, actually."

Brian Austin, 'no excuse' Project Manager, said: "Working so closely with Safer Neighbourhood Teams has enabled us to target our road safety enforcement work where local residents have seen there is a need for it.

"Statistics for tickets issued by 'no excuse' officers from 1 January to 31 May, using the same resources in 2011 as 2012, show that seatbelt offences and mobile phone offences have decreased in Dorset.

"This is a positive sign, but we must not get complacent.

"We will continue to work hard together to make Dorset's roads safer."

In 2011, a total of 993 seatbelt offences were detected between 1 January and 31 May, compared to 350 offences in 2012.

There were 461 mobile phone offences detected in Dorset during this same period in 2011, compared to 382 offences in 2012.

Brian Austin continued: "A recent driver who used his mobile whilst driving and thought he would test the system initially opted for a court hearing and then failed to attend. The court responded with a £250 fine, £85 costs, £15 victim surcharge and three points on their license.

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