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Drivers reported as police Fatal Four crackdown continues

Police took part in two days of action targeting those flouting the law.

Neighbourhood policing team members carried out operations in Bonner Lane, Calverton, and Longdale Lane, Ravenshead, to crack down on speeding and a further operation covering the Arnold area to target drivers committing the ‘fatal four’ driving offences.

Speeding, drink-driving, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt are dubbed the ‘fatal four’ because they are the most common reasons for deaths and serious injuries on the road.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Stuart Howe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It’s vital we continue to take positive action, like these operations, to keep our road users safe and educate drivers on the potentially fatal consequences of their actions.

“These driving behaviours are called the ‘fatal four’ for a reason – because they are the most common factors in fatal road collisions.

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“Speed limits and driving laws are there to protect all road users. We need all drivers to abide by the law as no one wants to receive a knock at the door to say their loved one has been killed.

“We remain committed to keeping our roads safe, using a mixture of engagement, education and enforcement, and further operations will be carried out to target those whose driving standards fall well below what you would expect of a safe and competent driver.”

On Tuesday (13 December 2022), during an operation covering the Arnold area, officers issued a driver with a traffic offence report for speeding on Rolleston Drive.

Another driver was issued with a report and had his vehicle seized for driving without insurance and not wearing a seatbelt on Ravenswood Road.

Drivers issued with traffic offence reports could be summoned to court, face a fine or be asked to attend an educational programme.

On Tuesday 6 December, during a speeding operation in Bonner Lane, officers issued four drivers with traffic offence reports for speeding and a further three drivers received reports for speeding during checks carried out in Longdale Lane, Ravenshead.

Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol will also be targeted during police patrols as the force continues its drink-drive campaign.

The force’s new crime prevention campaign has also included a series of interactive public engagement events to discourage people from drink-driving.

Further events are set to take place at Trinity Square in Nottingham city centre tonight (Saturday 17 December) and on Friday 23 December, 6 pm-8 pm, with East Midlands Ambulance Service volunteers attending alongside special constables, police officers and police community support officers.

Meanwhile, over 2,000 posters and 5,000 beermats educating road users on the consequences of drink driving have been distributed to pubs all over Nottinghamshire as part of the campaign – called ‘A Deadly Mix’ – with similar messaging running on the back of Nottingham City Transport buses as part of an advertising campaign.

The campaign is being supported by Clair Osborne, who lost her husband in a collision caused by a drink-driver in 2021.

The 48-year-old, of Mansfield Woodhouse, is urging people to plan how they will get home if they are going to be drinking alcohol on a night out.

She said: “If you’ve got work dos or have got Christmas parties planned, that’s the key word – they are planned. Plan your taxi, plan your lift home. If you’re driving and anybody tries to tempt you to have a drink, just ask yourself is it worth it.

“I have to see what it’s done to my children every day because someone decided to drink-drive.”

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