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Drivers caught in road safety blitz

[Tuesday 07 August 2007]

HUNDREDS of drivers and riders have been dealt for with driving and road safety offences by North Yorkshire Police in the first few days of the force's road safety campaign - and, there were no fatalities on the county's 6,000 miles of roads.

Deputy Chief Constable Adam Briggs said of operation Hellcal: "We have started as we mean to go on - North Yorkshire's officers are using a tough enforcement policy to drive down a totally unacceptable accident rate. Now residents and visitors alike know that if they take risks on this county's roads, then every one of my officers will use their full powers to make the experience deeply unpleasant."

Starting on 30 July, intensive police action is targeting dangerous, careless and irresponsible road users with officers taking action against offenders, especially on 39 stretches of road - many of which are popular routes through the Yorkshire Dales - which analysis shows have above-average likelihood of accidents.

In the first four days of the campaign police have:

  • Issued 16 Fixed Penalty Notices to speeding motorcyclists
  • And 113 FPNs to other speeding road users
  • Reported ten speeding motorcyclists and 11 other road-users for summons
  • Officially warned 11 Motorcyclists and 155 drivers for speeding
  • Fast-tracked eight "extreme speeders" - all riders - to court
  • 41 drivers received FPNs for using a hand-held phone at the wheel, another driver was summonsed
  • Issued 117 tickets for seatbelt offences, plus one summons
  • Dealt with 11 road-users for having no insurance
  • And five road-users for licence offences
  • Stop-checked 68 motorcycles and 670 other vehicles
  • Seized eight uninsured vehicles
  • Gave official warning to four riders and drivers for anti-social driving. Two of their vehicles were confiscated
  • Breath-tested 244 drivers and riders. Seven drivers blew positive

Operation Helical will run right across North Yorkshire for at least the next seven weeks, with the force committed to continuing tough enforcement.

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