Operation Natterjack has had major success in Cumbria of late. The police operation has been mounted as a way of reducing the number of dangerous drivers going along the A66 in the region. This is known to be a busy road and many drivers have been spotted driving potentially dangerously on the A66 in the two-week period the operation was live for.
During this time nearly 400 drivers were stopped for driving while breaking one or more laws. For example some were stopped for using their mobile phones while driving. Others were caught speeding along this stretch of road. More drivers were also caught for overtaking on solid centre lines. These are in place when it is not safe to overtake, thus creating the potential for an accident.
The operation got underway on 20th October and the police used an unmarked goods vehicle from which to watch traffic. As such lots of drivers did not realise they were being watched and broke the law. Every driver seen breaking the law in some way was stopped and spoken to, fined or given points on their licence. It is hoped the operation will go some way to making drivers realise how dangerous it is to perform certain actions or to drive too fast or without due care and attention.
How important are these road safety campaigns?
A road safety blitz like this one can make all the difference between catching drivers who are breaking the law and letting them carry on with their poor driving. This particular exercise caught hundreds of drivers, many of whom ended up paying fines and getting points on their licence.
A highly-visible campaign such as this can make a real difference to how people drive and how safe the roads are as a result. In fact the more campaigns such as this take place, the safer our roads could end up being.
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Source: News & Star