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'No excuse': 57 motorists caught flouting law in Dorset

Dorset Police caught 57 motorists flouting the law during a targeted operation today. Officers carried out patrols on the A350 from Poole to Shaftesbury in North Dorset to remind motorists of the importance of road safety. It was part of their 'no excuse' campaign.

The operation was a response to recent public concerns about bad driving along the A350. Officers said they wanted to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads.

They issued Fixed Penalty Notices in 24 cases of drivers or passengers not wearing seatbelts.

Thirteen motorists were caught speeding. Those over the limit which allows an education class instead of a fine have the option of a court hearing or a £100 fine plus and three penalty points.

Officers also handed tickets to 12 drivers who were caught driving while using a hand-held device.

“Dorset Police are concentrating on the fatal five contributory factors in road collisions in Dorset. These are excessive and inappropriate speed, driver distraction such as using a phone while driving, drink or drug driving, careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

“The aim of the day was a show of force to alert those drivers who continue to put themselves and others at risk that there is no excuse – simply do not do it. If you do, you will get caught.”

– Brian Austin, Operations Manager, Dorset Police

“Dorset Police are committed to keeping the roads as safe as possible for road users and local residents.

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents regarding the increased traffic along the A350 due to the closure of the C13 and we have taken a robust approach through this ‘no excuse’ day of action to identify and deal positively with road traffic offences on this route.

“Local police will continue to provide a high-visibility presence on a daily basis and we intend to carry out further proactive operations in the future.”

– Deputy North Dorset Inspector Ken Morgan, Dorset Police

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