A police operation in Merthyr in Wales recently saw a total of 57 drivers pulled over in a period of just two-and-a-half hours. Those who were stopped were either caught using their mobile phones or were not wearing their seat belt.
12 of the drivers who were stopped were seen using their mobile phones at the wheel. These people received fixed penalties on the spot for driving while on the phone. The remaining drivers were caught for not wearing their seatbelts but they were requested to attend a presentation at Merthyr Tydfil fire station instead. This presentation focused on the dangers inherent in not wearing a seatbelt while driving.
According to comments made by local road safety officer Wayne Tucker, this will not be the only time the police will be out in force looking for drivers who are breaking the law. While this first operation was successfully completed on 8th October, other dates will be involved as well in the near future. The dangers of driving without a seatbelt or while using a mobile are clear, and yet some drivers still choose to ignore the law. It is hoped the operation will help reduce those numbers and lead to safer driving across the area.
Why are these incidents so dangerous?
The drivers pulled over in this operation had a lucky escape in reality. If they were involved in an accident while not wearing a seatbelt they would be far more likely to risk serious injury. Furthermore those using mobiles do not have their full attention on the road. This poses a risk not only to them but to other road users as well. Other drivers pulled over in the coming weeks could also be fined or told to attend the same road safety presentation these drivers were.
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