A road safety campaign on M1

Dozens of motorists using a stretch of the M1 have been issued fines for not wearing a seatbelt and using mobile phones while driving.

Last Tuesday, officers from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire Police took part in a joint operation to crack down on drivers flouting the ‘fatal four’.

The ‘fatal four’ comprises of motorists driving without wearing a seatbelt, while using a mobile phone, while under the influence of drugs or above the legal alcohol limit and speeding.

During the seven hour operation, 57 offences were dealt with. This included 51 people stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and six who were driving while using a mobile phone.

Northamptonshire Police road policing sergeant Mahesh Patel said: “We had an unmarked truck which was driven up and down the M1 between junction 15 and junction 18 with officers inside looking out for any offences being committed.

“Once they identified a vehicle we had other officers on the motorway to intercept it and deal with them accordingly.

“It’s a drive to make roads safer in Northamptonshire with an effective method of policing.”