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Over 50 drivers caught in safety crack down

PUBLISHED: 16:14 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

MORE than 50 drivers were caught breaking the law in just over three hours during a road safety campaign in the borough. The Safer Neighbourhood Team, the council s road safety team and the DVLA joined forces to check driver safety in Bickley Park Road,

MORE than 50 drivers were caught breaking the law in just over three hours during a road safety campaign in the borough.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team, the council's road safety team and the DVLA joined forces to check driver safety in Bickley Park Road, at the junction of St Georges Road on October 15.

Between 7am to 10.30am, 56 drivers were caught breaking the law by speeding, using their mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts or not having a valid road tax disc.

The majority of drivers stopped were not wearing seat belts and were given road side safety talks by the council's road safety team.

Three drivers were given fixed penalties for using mobile phones and will have penalty points added to their licences.

Eight were caught with no road tax, and two were caught speeding. One driver was doing 44mph and the other 43mph in a 30mph zone.

PC Stuart Manuel of the Bickley Road Safety Team said: "Influencing future driver behaviour can often be achieved through education rather than enforcement and our aim with this initiative was to raise awareness of what speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or talking on a mobile whilst driving can do. If we can save just one life, then it will have been worth it.

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