Shocking figures from police campaign

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POLICE have released figures for the number of motoring offences identified during their September ‘Think!’ campaign in Cambridgeshire.

A total of 636 offences were committed on the county’s roads.

Officers were out in both marked and unmarked vehicles enforcing motoring offences such as speeding and no insurance as well as giving advice to both motorists and motorcyclists about staying safe on the roads.

The top three offences during the campaign were failing to wear a seatbelt, driving while using a mobile phone and speeding.

Inspector Mark Rogers, leading the operation, said: “It’s disappointing to see that some drivers are unable to recognise the dangers of not wearing a seat belt, not only risking their life, but selfishly, potentially leaving their loved ones with the devastation of having to live with the bereavement for the rest of their lives, people die on our roads through not buckling up – seatbelts save lives.

“Using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a car is dangerous, every year families have to go through the devastation of losing a loved one through road collisions and the use of a mobile phone is a contributory factor in some cases.

“Anybody involved in an accident while using a mobile phone will be prosecuted and could be disqualified from driving.

“Cambridgeshire Roads Policing Unit will actively target and prosecute any driver using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt, we are determined to make our counties roads safer.”

The results were:

- 54 FPNs (Fixed Penalty Notices) were issued for mobile phone offences

- 1 driver summonsed to court for a mobile phone offence

- 250 FPNs for failure to wear a seatbelt

- 2 drivers summonsed to court for seatbelt offences

- 92 FPNs for excess speed

- 11 drivers summonsed to court for excess speed

- 19 FPN for no insurance

- 5 drivers summonsed to court for no insurance

- 24 cars seized

- 1 FPN for a breach of a no entry sign

- 2 FPNs for a breach of a no right turn

- 33 FPNs were issued for incorrect glass

- 11 FPNs for not displaying number plates correctly

- 17 FPNs for having no MOT

- 1 driver summonsed to court for no MOT

- 7 FPNs for having no driving licence

- 1 driver summonsed to court for having no driving licence

- 8 FPNs for tyre defects

- 2 drivers summonsed to court for tyre defects

- 2 FPNs for contravening double white lines

- 8 FPNs for overweight goods vehicles

- 13 drivers were summonsed to court for driving without due care and attention

- 11 FPNs for no tax

- 4 FPNs for defective lights

- 3 vehicles were found to have mechanical faults

- 5 FPNs for contravening a red light

- 2 FPNs for windscreens not being clear

- 2 FPNs for parking on a zebra crossing

- 1 FPN for stopping in a no waiting zone

- 28 arrests made for excess alcohol, customs offences, immigration offences, drugs, burglary, theft, disqualified from driving, obstruction and illegal entry.