Three months into Dorset Road Safe’s ‘no excuse’ campaign, its team of police officers and safety camera units is continuing to catch drivers and motorcyclists ‘showing little regard for their or others’ safety’.
Since operations for the year-long partnership project began on 18 January, more than 5,300 motoring offences have been detected. Around a third have been drivers not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone while driving.
The team has had several cases where drivers were spotted using their mobiles and, when stopped, produced a second mobile stating that ‘it hasn’t been used’.
Other offenders have included 88 people with no insurance, no licence or no MOT.
The ‘no excuse’ team is committed to cracking down on bad and careless driving across Dorset throughout 2010, with the aim of significantly reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads.
Chief inspector Bob Nichols of Dorset Police said: “The total of well over 5,000 offences detected by the team in the first three months underlines the need to improve driver behaviour.
“The accounts behind some of those offences illustrate just how inconsiderate and dangerous some drivers are and we will continue to seek to identify those individuals through overt and covert techniques to make Dorset’s roads safer.”
A new poster and radio campaign features members of Dorset’s emergency and health services who are regularly called on to respond to road casualties. Their message is simple and straightforward: ‘We haven’t met. Let’s keep it that way.’
Robert Smith, Dorset’s road safety manager, said: “The success of ‘no excuse’ will be measured not only in a reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads but a long-term reduction in the number of bad and careless driving offences reported by the police.”