Road safety day of action held in Corby

Hundreds of motorists were stopped by police officers as part of a road safety day of action in Corby town centre on Saturday.

The operation, carried out in Everest Lane and Cardigan Place, was led by Corby Specials Constables with support from the joint Safer Roads Team (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service), working in partnership with Corby Borough Council.

During the focused day of enforcement,  special constables spoke to drivers who contravened driving restrictions along George Street.

Following complaints from residents that restrictions in George Street were being ignored by motorists, Police held this day of action, focusing on road safety, to highlight the issue.  George Street is a hub for Corby buses and taxis between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. During this time no motor vehicles can use the route except buses, taxis and those using it for access.

Officers also spoke to drivers suspected of having breached the ‘Fatal Four’ driving laws, which relate to speeding, drink-driving, misuse of mobile phones while driving and failing to use seat-belts.

Other motoring offences were also dealt with as they arose throughout the day, including driving with no insurance.

During the day’s activities, one arrest was made for suspected drink driving and there was one arrest for suspected drug driving. A further 26 drivers were also reported for using their mobile phone while driving or failing to wear their seatbelt. Seven vehicles were also seized.

Representatives from Corby Borough Council’s Licensing Authority also spoke to the drivers of Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles to carry out ‘vehicle health checks’.

Special Police Sergeant Peter Howard said: “The day was a really successful exercise not only in partnership working, but in raising the public’s awareness of the Fatal Four as well as many other driving laws.

“I really believe that holding days like this makes a difference to Corby residents by increasing road safety and ultimately protecting people from harm. I hope we are able to take part in many more partnership events in the future.”

Attached is a photo showing representatives from Corby Borough Council along with some of the Special Constabulary officers who took part.

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