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Operation Vortex returns to Dorset

Dorset Police is once again undertaking road safety checks – as part of a regional operation to promote road safety and to tackle motorists who flout road traffic laws. 

During Operation Vortex, dedicated teams of traffic officers will undertake patrols in marked and unmarked cars and on motorcycles on a number of routes across the South West, including routes in Dorset.

The operation first ran in Dorset in August this year – when 134 fixed penalty tickets were issued in just three days.

It returned to Dorset on Monday, 19 October and will run on various dates until the end of October 2009. 

During the first two days of the operation, on Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October, 20 drivers were issued fixed penalty tickets for using a mobile phone while driving.

In addition, a further 61 drivers were caught driving without wearing a seat belt, five for driving without insurance, 16 for driving without a valid MOT and five for speeding. 

Inspector John Mallace, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to making the roads safer, we are once again targeting those motorists who drive carelessly and are a danger on our roads.

“This includes, but is not limited to, targeting drivers who use a mobile phone while driving, drive at inappropriate speeds, are not in proper control of their vehicle or other dangerous and intimidating behaviour like driving too closely to the vehicle in front – all types of driving which can have devastating consequences.

“We’ll also be targeting drivers not wearing a seat belt in a bid to highlight the importance of wearing a seat belt on every trip.

“Nearly all road traffic collisions are caused by driver error and we want to get the message home to motorists that when they are behind the wheel, 100 per cent concentration must be given to their driving.

“Along with our colleagues in the South West region and partners at Dorset Road Safe, we are working really hard to reduce the number of collisions in Dorset but we need the support of all motorists to help to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.”