Crackdown on phone and seabelt offences

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FORTY-seven drivers have been stopped for mobile phone or seatbelt offences in a road safety awareness campaign in Bognor Regis.

Officers from the roads policing unit, Arun Neighbourhood Policing Team, VOSA, and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service took part in the initiative, named Operation Airwalk.

This was carried out in Gossamer Lane on Monday morning and Marine Drive West on Monday afternoon.

Sergeant Chris Pipkin from the neighbourhood policing team said: “The operation is aimed at educating drivers using mobile phones and both drivers and passengers found not wearing seat belts. Each offender is given the option of an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice or to take time out to view a fire service presentation demonstrating the potential consequences of their offences. Fire officers offer their own personal experiences to highlight the dangers and reinforce the messages.”

A total of 25 vehicles were stopped in Gossamer Lane, 24 drivers for seatbelt offences, one for a mobile phone offence, one for illegal tyres and one for no insurance.

A total of 22 vehicles were stopped in Marine Drive West, 21 for seatbelt offences, one for a mobile phone offence and one for faulty lights.

This joint operation will be conducted frequently on roads within the Mid Sussex District.