Motorists to take on-the-spot road safety session to avoid prosecution

Drivers seen committing one or more of the FATAL4 offences will be treated to the Road Safety Clinic.
Drivers seen committing one or more of the FATAL4 offences will be treated to the Road Safety Clinic. Photo: ITV Central

Officers from the Road Policing Unit in Leicester will be stopping motorists today as part of the successful FATAL4 campaign.

In most cases officers will be asking people to complete a road safety awareness session as an alternative to prosecution, but there will be an element of enforcement at the officer's discretion.

The FATAL4 'clinics' are designed to reinforce concerns about:

  • Speeding
  • Using mobile phones while driving
  • Not wearing seatbelts
  • Drink driving
  • Not belting up children
  • Excessive speed
Police van shows the FATAL4 offences
Police van shows the FATAL4 offences Credit: ITV Central

Motorists will be monitored along Abbey Park Road and drivers seen to be committing one or more of the FATAL4 offences will be treated to the Road Safety Clinic.

Each Road Safety Clinic session takes between 15 and 30 minutes with the emphasis of the campaign being around education not enforcement.

Last year Leicestershire Constabulary held fifteen FATAL4 clinics driven by local community concerns.

From 431 drivers, 191 passengers were stopped for not wearing a seatbelts, 59 for speeding, 38 took breath tests and 24 drivers for using a mobile phone.

One driver was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and had to watch a video on the dangers of flouting driving laws.
One driver was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and had to watch a video on the dangers of flouting driving laws. Credit: ITV Central

One driver was stopped by police today after he was caught not wearing a seatbelt.

He was asked to watch a video about the impact flouting driving laws can have on motorists and victims.

He says he was pleased to have an alternative to being fined and that it had made a difference to how he would drive in future.

"It's a lot better [than being fined]. It shows you reasons why it's important to wear a seatbelt and saves you £60"

– Motorist stopped in Leicester