Police admit they are not winning the fight to make Pendle roads safer after 84 offences recorded in spot checks

Law breaking drivers were targeted in spot checks in Nelson and Colne this week.

By Sue Plunkett
Saturday, 23rd July 2022, 10:49 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd July 2022, 10:49 am

Police officers issued 72 tickets and recorded 84 offences in the operation, including no seat belts, illegal number plates, using a mobile device at the wheel, tyre tread and window tint offences.

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A spokesman for the Pendle neighbourhood policing team said: "Sadly again officers were not afforded much of a break as they had to deal with so many offences.

Police officers issued 72 tickets and recorded 84 offences in a spot check operation on drivers in Nelson and Colne. Offences included no seat belts, illegal number plates, using a mobile device at the wheel, tyre tread and window tint offences (as pictured)

"Unfortunately, as the figures show, we are not winning the battle to make our roads safer so we will continue to target these area as requested by you, the public.

"Still we see drivers not wearing seat belts, using mobile phones while driving, speeding, displaying ‘show plates’ rather then correct number plates and windows that have been tinted incorrectly not allowing the correct light through.

"We receive comments like 'you must be pleased with all the money you are making.'

" Clearly we don’t collect nor take any of the money personally that the tickets generate, but it would be good if no tickets were issued, no money was generated and all road users were safe, that would be a good day.

"Please remember you, the road users/drivers, have the power so if you are driving legally, sensibility you are far less likely to be stopped.!

On the same day as the Pendle spot check took place a similar operation was held in Burnley and Padiham. Thirty cars were stopped and police discovered several serious offences being committed, including one disqualified driver behind the wheel.