Officers target the four biggest driver dangers Date published: 22nd May 2018 2.53pm

Cheshire Police officers stopped in excess of 100 motorists as part of an operation targeting the four biggest dangers while driving.

The four biggest dangers, or fatal four as they are more commonly known, are drink & drug driving; not wearing a seatbelt while driving; using a handheld mobile device and inappropriate speed.

During the one day operation on Friday 18 May officers issued in excess of 60 Traffic Offence Reports for a variety of offences.

Roads Policing Sergeant Andy Nixon said: “This operation was about educating motorists to help reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

“The operation was particularly pertinent as it came at the end of a week where the roads policing team had dealt with three fatal and numerous other serious collisions.

“While enquiries into the causes of these incidents are ongoing, they do act as a timely reminder of the importance of road safety.”

Officers from across the force took part in the operation targeting roads across the county; in addition, local PCSOs conducted speed checks on routes where concerns have been raised by local residents. This includes a particular stretch of road where in excess of 40 speeding offences were recorded with one travelling in excess of 70mph in a 40mph zone.

As well as the Traffic Offence Reports issued the operation also led to arrests for offenders driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Road safety is a particularly important issue to the majority of the residents I represent across Cheshire.

“With an increased number of serious incidents on our roads recently, it’s more important than ever that officers are educating motorists about the dangers their careless actions could have.

“One death is too many so it’s crucial that this work by the Constabulary continues.

“I am pleased to be able to fund a dedicated PCSO for each community in Cheshire who will have an increased focus on combating driving offences like speeding in local areas where the community tell us that there are speeding issues.”

Sergeant Nixon concluded: “This operation was not about issuing fines; the aim was to educate motorists.

“Motor vehicles can be deadly which is why it is so important that everyone drives carefully and adheres to the laws in place, by doing so we can all help to make our roads safer for everyone.”