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Police record over 5,000 traffic offences in three weeks

Police record over 5,000 traffic offences in three weeks

Published at 8:00am 8th August 2015. (Updated at 12:51pm 10th August 2015)

Police in North Yorkshire have recorded more than 5,000 traffic offences since the launch of a new crackdown on reckless drivers and riders.

Launched in partnership with the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, Operation AEGIS aims to prevent collisions and fatalities on the roads and encourage safe and considerate driving and riding.

Mobile safety cameras have recorded a total of 5,156 speeding offences, with 4,120 people being offered speed education courses.

Officers have been using high-visibility patrols, unmarked patrols, covert patrols, an unmarked motorcycle and mobile safety camera vans.

523 of the offences have resulted in a £100 fine and three points, and 65 people have committed such a major traffic offence that they have been summonsed directly to court.

The figures also show that of 205 offences recorded through Traffic Offence Reports, 28 were for using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Inspector Dave Barf, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Team, said: "These figures show that unfortunately there are a large number of people driving and riding on our roads who still have not taken on board the message about the dangers of speeding or of using a phone whilst driving.

"Unfortunately since the launch of Operation AEGIS, fatalities due to excessive speed have occurred. To lose someone as the result of a road traffic accident is a devastating thing to happen to any family - but to know that it may have been preventable must be doubly painful.

"My team and I work hard to try and prevent this happening. The reason I invest personally in this operation is that the intent is to save lives - it's a simple goal, but very difficult to achieve.

"I still witness a number of people using mobile phones whilst driving. I wonder how they would live with themselves if whilst so distracted they were involved in a collision which cost someone else their life or a limb. That seems to be the issue, 'it won't happen to me'. If we were all right in that assumption, my role would not be as busy as it sadly is.

"Take care and pay attention - you're driving/riding a lethal weapon. Treat it and those around you with respect."

More information about Operation AEGIS at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/AEGIS