The following extract from a Derbyshire based website suggests that prospective road law abusers should come to Ashbourne.
“Defects were found on school buses during a safety crackdown in Ashbourne.
Operation Safedrive took place at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and involved police officers and other agencies.
The team inspected 15 buses and coaches as they arrived at school and found two buses with defects that needed to be fixed as soon as possible.
Another bus had to be towed back to the depot for immediate repairs after officers found two wheel nuts which had sheared off.
The team then set up outside Ashbourne Fire Station and handed out a mixture of warnings, notices and fixed penalty notices to:
*6 drivers for using their mobile phone while driving
*3 drivers for having tyre defects
*2 for number plate offences
*1 driver for not being in proper control of the vehicle
*1 for not having a valid MOT
Twenty-eight drivers were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt.
In addition, VOSA issued five immediate and two delayed prohibition notices for defects on vehicles which seriously affected their roadworthiness.
Seven vehicles were also found to have no road tax.”
PC Ian Salsbury said: “The check was extremely positive, reassuring the people of Ashbourne of our and our partners commitment to road safety. I would like to thank all the agencies involved in the checks.”
When parking offences carry an unavoidable and substantial fine imposed by lowly wardens, how can it be right that our expensive police force spend time giving “warnings” to motorists?
Surely, the crimes drawn to our attention here require instant and punitive action.
“Book ’em Danno”
Chris Sabian, Peak District View – 2011-09-29 14:47:28