Motorists are prosecuted for committing the ‘FATAL4’

FATAL_4_1.jpg.340x340_q85A total of 26 motorists have been fined during an enforcement operation to tackle road safety.

Officers from Wigston and the Police Roads Policing Unit held a ‘FATAL4’ operation along the B582 Wigston Road in Oadby on Friday February 14, 2014.

Drivers seen to be committing one or more of the ‘FATAL4’ offences were escorted to the nearby Oadby Town Football Club car park to be dealt with by a police officer.

The ‘FATAL4’ clinics are designed to reinforce local community concerns about speeding, using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seatbelts and drinking and driving.

The enforcement operation follows a number of advisory clinics in Oadby over the past two years, where numerous drivers were stopped and given road safety advice.

Of the 26 vehicles that were stopped on February 14:

15 drivers were issued with a £100 Non endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice for not wearing a seatbelt
6 drivers were issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and 3 points on their licence for using a mobile phone
5 drivers/passengers were advised about seat belts due to various reasons
1 driver was driving without insurance
1 driver had no MOT and 1 driver was advised regarding MOT issues
1 driver had no Tax
3 drivers were advised regarding light defects

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership said:

“26 drivers were stopped and dealt with by police officers for various offences.

“A series of ‘FATAL4’ clinics have been held across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland over the last two years aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of their driving behaviour. However, in a major change to the operation all motorists stopped were prosecuted in the normal manner.”

Graham Compton from the Roads Policing Unit said;

“It is evident that many drivers and their passengers are still ignoring our basic road safety advice and thereby putting themselves and other road users at risk of injury on our roads. With this in mind the ‘FATAL4’ clinics will continue throughout the year at various sites.”

Leicestershire Police regularly hold similar ‘FATAL4’ clinics across the Police Force area. Over the last 12 months 853 drivers and passengers have been stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, 234 drivers for using a mobile phone behind the wheel, 78 for speeding and one driver has failed a breath test.

In addition another 241 motoring offences have also been detected including; tyre and windscreen defects along with people driving without a licence, MOT or insurance.

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