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​More Than 700 Vehicles Stopped In Insurance Crackdown

2nd November 2016
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More Than 700 Vehicles Stopped In Insurance Crackdown

Police stopped more than 700 vehicles as part of a nationwide crackdown on uninsured drivers.

Operation Drive Insured was a week-long campaign aimed at identifying and seizing cars with no insurance that were being driven throughout Derbyshire.

From Monday to Friday last week, police stopped vehicles at a variety of sites including locations in New Mills, Shirebrook, Allenton and Derby city centre.

Throughout the operation, a total of 714 vehicles were stopped.

Of that number, 62 were found to have no insurance; 34 drivers had incorrect licence details; 59 were caught using mobile phones at the wheel; 104 motorists were not wearing seatbelts; and one stolen vehicle was recovered.

Chief Inspector Andy Palmer, head of Derbyshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit, said: “It’s one of our priorities to make sure drivers who obey the rules of the road are protected against those who don’t and this campaign was just one part of that.

“Driving without insurance might seem insignificant to some people but in the event of an accident, law-abiding motorists who are insured are left to deal with the mess themselves.

“This week of action was a great success in terms of the number of vehicles stopped and the breadth of offences that were discovered.

“It also allowed us to highlight a range of other factors that can play a huge part in making our roads less safe”.

During the week, several cars and vans were stopped and found to have such serious defects that they needed to be seized on the spot.

Four vehicles failed to stop for police during the checks, while a Mercedes Benz that had been stolen in a burglary in July was also recovered. Two of the four cars were later stopped, while enquiries are ongoing to trace the other two.

In total, 442 issues were reported from the 714 vehicles stopped.


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