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Working together to make Purbeck roads safer

Police in Purbeck, together with road safety partners, carried out a road safety operation as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of road casualties in Dorset.

Wareham officers worked together with the ‘no excuse’ team and Dorset Road Safe on Monday, 20 February 2012 – in a bid to raise the profile of road safety in the area and help make Purbeck roads even safer.

The operation took place across the Purbeck neighbourhood area and saw officers targeting motorists who were putting themselves and others at risk by drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving or exceeding the speed limit.

During the operation a number of offences were identified. In total 53 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued, and the safety camera vans detected 38 speed offences.  

This included five drivers stopped for driving while using their mobile phones; three driving with no MOT and 26 motorists caught driving without a seatbelt.

A further 16 drivers were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for exceeding the speed limit, and three were stopped for driving without a clear view of the road.

Special Constable Chris Brolan, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said; “This operation was a direct result of concerns from our communities.

“Officers involved were directed to areas highlighted by members of the public through their Safer Neighbourhood Teams, with the intention of targeting motoring offences.

“I am pleased to see that officers involved in this operation have been able to respond to these concerns effectively with the aim of making our roads safer.”