Police crackdown on motorists

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MOTORISTS driving at excessive speed, under the influence of alcohol, without tax and without their seatbelt were fined during a road safety crack down in Burnley last weekend.

Throughout the bank holiday weekend, officers from Pennine Division’s Road Policing Unit set up road side check points on Padiham Road and Colne Road as part of a drive to reduce road casualties and raise awareness about the dangers of driving irresponsibly or illegally.

As a result, 57 motorists were issued with fines for a variety of motoring offences including speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Three people who were driving without insurance had their cars seized and will now have to produce a valid insurance certificate and pay £150 before they can get their vehicles back. Two drivers were fined £60 for having illegible registration plates and one driver opted to pay £160 to attend a driver improvement course.

PC Mick Raw from Pennine Division Road Policing Unit said: “People who don’t wear a seatbelt or who use a mobile while driving know they are breaking the law and that they risk a fine and penalty points.

“What they might not realise is the danger they are putting themselves and other road users in. Drivers need to be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to road safety – losing your licence is a real risk, as is leaving behind a devastated family if you are hurt or killed in a crash.

“We will continue to run operations such as this to raise awareness about the consequences of driving dangerously. I urge motorists to consider others when using the roads in East Lancashire.”