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Almost 40 drivers found driving without a seatbelt during dedicated traffic operation

Almost 40 drivers found driving without a seatbelt during dedicated traffic operation
A traffic operation held in Loughton earlier this week saw 39 drivers driving without a seatbelt and 19 drivers were found to be driving while using a mobile phone.
 
Officers from our Casualty Reduction Section were in Loughton on Wednesday as part of a dedicated operation to help to reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads by using a combination of engagement and enforcement.
 
Throughout the operation, 39 drivers were dealt with for failing to wear a seatbelt while driving and 19 drivers were found to be driving while using a mobile phone; each driver received six points and a fine.
 
A 46-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. He was released pending further enquiries.
 
Eleven drivers were found to be driving without a valid MOT and a further eleven drivers were found to be driving in excess of the speed limit.
 
Two drivers were found to be driving without valid insurance and both had their cars seized under Section 165. One driver was found to be driving while disqualified.
 
Our School Speed Watch group gave verbal warnings to 13 drivers during the operation.
 
Matt Hine, Operational Tasking Supervisor at the Casualty Reduction Section, said: “Driving without wearing a seatbelt poses a serious and potentially fatal risk, not just to you but to everyone else in the vehicle at the time. It is an avoidable risk and it’s really important that this offence remains an absolute priority for Essex Police and our partners within the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.”  

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