Mobiles, seatbelts and speeding key points raised in police operation.
6:11pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
MOTORISTS and passengers were stopped on Saturday September 14 as part of a police operation in Stroud.
The intiative by Gloucestershire police was set up to remind drivers on the perils of using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing seatbelts and speeding.
The 'Wheeled Respect' operation, involved Special Constables, PCs and PCSOs from Stroud District carrying out roadside vehicle checks focused on speeding offences, driving whilst on the phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
Officers are eager to take action on the issues that matter most to the community and therefore an operation was launched in April 2011.
Assistant Area Officer Steve Lindsay said “The emphasis of the operation was to educate motorists about the dangers they put themselves and others in risk of when driving using a Mobile Phone, Failing to Wear a Seat Belt and Speeding."
The checks were carried out on the A419 Oldends Lane in Stonehouse and on the A46 Bath Road in Rodborough.
Out of 42 drivers, 19 failed to wear seatbelts, 18 people attended the optional educational package, one failed to attend or was not suitable and so was issued with a fixed penalty notice,.
Police also stopped two front seat passengers for not wearing a seatbelt and both were offered, and attended an optional educational course.
There were 15 motorist stopped for speeding offences and 10 were offered and attended an optional educational course.
A total of six drivers were stopped for using a mobile phone whilst driving across the Stroud district.
Out of that number five drivers attended the optional educational course and no further action was taken.
A fixed penalty was issued to one of those drivers who failed to attend.
Alongside this operation, police, ambulance and fire crews attended a community event at Tesco in Stroud.
The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of safe and responsible driving, something that the community had highlighted as a concern.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by support for this operation since it launched in April,” added SC Lindsay. “It was great to see local councillors and our Assistant Chief Constable, Sally Crook, PCC Martin Surl, come along this weekend to support the operation and in turn the local community. We’d also like to thank Tesco for their continued support with this operation.
”I hope the continued success of operation Wheeled Respect encourages the people of Stroud to keep working with us as we do listen to their concerns and take action to address them.”