Dorset Police launched the 'No Excuse' road safety campaign in January 2010 in an attempt to reduce the numbers killed and seriously injured on roads throughout Dorset.
In October 2014, a new dedicated team took over the running of 'No Excuse' enforcement. 'No Excuse’ is made up of one sergeant, six police constables and two police staff enquiry officers, supported by special constables. 'No Excuse' are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They could be anywhere, at any time, in any car.
The team deploys to areas where the public have expressed concerns, to areas of high collisions and to areas identified through analysis as being of particular risk.
Education and enforcement efforts are directed at tackling the ‘fatal five’: drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, driver distractions and careless driving.
'No Excuse' and Dorset Police's Roads Policing teams have launched a new operation targeting those most likely to kill on our roads.
Operation Dragoon recognises that some individuals refuse to modify their driving behaviour and fail to foresee the potential consequences of their actions.
To enhance the existing method of operation, a dedicated analytical resource will now work alongside the Force Intelligence Bureau to grade road users as ‘High’, ‘Medium’, ‘Standard’ or ‘Ungraded’ risk offenders through structured, regular reviews. This will allow further refined targeting of individuals posing risks.
Operation Dragoon will ensure these individuals are identified as early as possible, with positive, persistent and proportionate action taken against them. ‘High’ and ‘Medium’ risk offenders will be allocated an officer in charge, who will focus on preventing them from escalating their behaviour through engagement with the individual, their family and their friends.
Inspector Stu Pitman, Operation Dragoon and ‘No Excuse’ lead, said: "Actively engaging with our most prolific road offenders and those closest to them is an innovative concept. It is vital that we go that step further and confront dangerous driver behaviour head on.
“Road deaths should not be an inevitable result of travelling on the road network in Dorset. Officers will not only engage with offenders early on to deter a continuation or escalation of their behaviour, but throughout any criminal proceedings and after their license is returned.”
Offenders will be #Dragooned.
Prince Michael International Road Safety Award
In December 2011, 'No Excuse' proudly won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. Since 1987 the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain. To read more about the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards click http://www.roadsafetyawards.com/
'No Excuse' regularly run 'Surround a Town' operations throughout Dorset. Surround a Town is a day-long operation, concentrating on mass enforcement and publicity in the area. Marked and unmarked police patrols are located in and around a town to catch drivers committing all driving offences.
Those caught not wearing their seat belts on the day have the option to attend a free short educational presentation on the risks and consequences of being unbelted, instead of receiving a fixed penalty.