Police operation in Melton stops 70 vehicles

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A person smoking in a car with children present was among the 70 vehicles stopped and checked during a joint ‘Fatal Four’ road safety initiative in Melton this week.

Police officers from the neighbourhood priority team and Melton beat officers ran the event on Nottingham Road, in conjunction with DVSA, on Tuesday.

A total of 28 drivers/passengers were found not be wearing seatbelts, eight drivers were caught driving while using a mobile phone, seven drivers were found to have no MOT or tax, four had no insurance and two had no licence.

Nine prohibition notices were issued and five vehicles were seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.

A HMRC road fuel testing unit - to make sure fuel used by vehicles was legal - was also used in the operation.

A Melton Police spokesman said: “The operation was very successful. Road safety is very important with dangerous vehicles, uninsured drivers, mobile phone users and other offenders causing collisions and raising the cost of insurance policies for all of us.”