Dozens fined after M1 road campaign

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

On 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.

Northamptonshire Police road policing sergeant, Mahesh Patel, said: “We had an unmarked truck which was driven up and down the M1 between junction 18 and junction 15 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.”

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.

Sgt Patel said: “Leicestershire have done this before, but this is the first operation of its kind in Northamptonshire.

“It’s also about involving special constables as well as working with other external agencies.

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

Motorists stopped for not wearing seatbelts or using mobile phones were issued fixed penalty notices.

Sgt Patel added: “This was an effective day of action against motorists who break the law while driving.

“Committing any of the fatal four not only endangers your own life, but also the lives of other drivers around you.

“Northamptonshire Police will continue to use operations like this to make the county’s roads as safe as possible for motorists.”