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Bournemouth police carry out road safety operation in response to community concerns

Police in Bournemouth and Westbourne carried out a road safety operation yesterday, Wednesday, 5 January 2011, as part of a campaign to reduce the number of road casualties in Dorset.

Officers from Bournemouth Police Station stopped and spoke to more than 30 motorists yesterday morning, as part of the Dorset-wide ‘no excuse’ campaign.

The operation, which was held in response to concerns raised by members of the public, saw officers targeting motorists who were putting themselves and others at risk by not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and breaking the speed limit.

All of the drivers stopped during the operation were advised about the potential consequences of dangerous driving and the effect it has on the wider community. They were also given ‘no excuse’ leaflets containing road safety advice.

Five Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) were issued to drivers flouting traffic laws in the area.

Speeding is one of the Westbourne and West Cliff Safer Neighbourhood Team’s current priorities, decided on through consultation with members of the public.

Bournemouth Central Section Commander, Inspector Wayne Nock, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s operation and I hope that it will send a message to other motorists in the area.

“It is important that the small minority of law-breaking motorists are made aware of the potential consequences of dangerous driving and the effect that it has on the wider community.

“The officers involved in the operation received positive feedback from residents who were pleased that we were doing something to tackle the problem.”

The ‘no excuse’ project was launched by the Dorset Road Safe partnership in January 2010 and focuses on driver distraction, the use of seatbelts, excessive speed and impairment (drink and drugs). It is supported by a strong multi-agency message aimed at reducing death and injury. Follow this link to visit the Dorset Road Safe website