Police from Harborough stopped dozens of motorists in a district village as part of its FATAL4 road safety campaign.
Officers carried out the enforcement operation in Newton Harcourt between 11.30am and 4pm on Wednesday, October 30, in a bid to bring the powerful message of the FATAL4 to motorists found committing one or more of the ‘FATAL4’ offences.
Police revealed their findings today (Monday).
The village has become a ‘rat run’ in the past decade as people use the idyllic village to get onto the A6 bypass at Great Glen or the Newton Lane on the Wigston and Kibworth side.
Residents became so frustrated by motorists speeding through the 30mph Glen Road that in 2006 someone placed a fake speed camera at the site.
Calls for speed-activated signs were initially rejected by the county council but a sign was eventually put at the Newton Lane entrance to the village.
The FATAL 4 is a term used by the emergency services which summarises the four most likely causes of death on the roads: drink-driving, speeding, using a mobile phone and driving without a seatbelt.
The operation followed a number of advisory clinics in the Harborough district over the last 12 months, where numerous drivers were stopped and given safety advice.
Of the vehicles stopped in Newton Harcourt, 13 drivers were found to be speeding, one motorist was driving without a licence, one had no Vehicle Excise Licence and another had no MOT.
All offences were dealt with by means of a Traffic Offence Report.
PC John Jephcott, from the Harborough North beat, said: “We are very pleased with how the operation went and again it illustrates the road dangers caused by a minority of drivers.
“The enforcement operations are helping to get the road-safety message across to drivers who are continuing to put themselves and other road-users at risk of injury.”
Further operations will be taking place in the district in the future, the police said.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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