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Operation targets road users to improve safety in Dorchester

Police officers from Dorchester Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been targeting school run drivers to improve road safety in the town at a time when many children are walking to or from school.

As part of the year-long ‘no excuse’ campaign to reduce casualties on Dorset’s roads, drivers breaking the law during the school run and in Dorchester town centre were stopped and issued tickets on Wednesday 29 September.

The operation was held in response to concerns expressed by Dorchester Middle School, Prince of Wales School and Dorchester Town Council about safety outside Dorchester schools and in the town centre.

Sergeant Steve Yeoman, of Dorchester Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The schools in the area had approached us with concerns about road safety outside their schools. Reckless and anti-social driving affects the children on a daily basis and can make it dangerous for them when accessing their own school.

“A number of people spoke to us throughout the day and expressed their appreciation about the work that we have been carrying out with regard to road safety during this operation.”

Safer Neighbourhood officers began the morning in Queens Avenue leading to Dorchester Middle School, where they issued three fixed penalty notices to drivers who were not wearing seatbelts. On Maud Road and Baynard Road leading to Thomas Hardye School, two further drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for the same offence. No offences were detected on Maiden Castle Road leading to Prince of Wales School.

The team then moved to High West/East Street, where 17 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers for a number of offences including not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones.

The checks reinforce messages behind the countywide ‘no excuse’ campaign which hopes to make Dorset’s roads the safest in the region.

Inspector Les Fry, Dorchester & Sherborne Section Commander, said: “We are committed to reducing road casualties across our section.

“This was really good work and has sent out a very positive message to drivers. We plan to carry out the operation on further dates in the town.”

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

Dorchester Road Safety Operation