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Offending Cumbrian drivers attend education sessions in police operation

DRIVERS caught speeding, using their mobile phones and not wearing a seat belt have taken part in education sessions this month aimed at reducing motoring offences.

Operation Ballet was launched at the start of May to educate motorists across West Cumbria to drive safely.

The operation, in partnership with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, saw officers targeting general motoring offences that can contribute to serious collisions.

The operation involved an educational day when drivers were given advice and watched re-construction videos with the fire service. The second part of the operation is about enforcement.

PC David Edwards, who is organising the operation, said: “This year’s initiative started on May 1 in Whitehaven and then on May 6 in Maryport.

“During the two days, a total of 42 motoring offences were detected, for speeding, mobile phone usage and not wearing seat belts. All 42 motorists agreed to receive advice from the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“Many described how they were shocked at the consequences that could happen as a result of their driving and really felt that the day had an impact on how they would drive in the future.”

Inspector Phil Davidson, responsible for the Western Operational Support Unit, said: “It is important that drivers realise what the consequences can be. It is not just about the points and fine can you can receive as a result of driving offences but the fact that you are actually putting people’s lives at risk.

“By asking them to watch an hard-hitting educational video about what can happen, it really brings it home and can change their bad habits.

“If they don’t, then we will catch them again and they will face robust action or they will cause a serious road traffic collision, which could even be fatal.

“It’s not about letting people get away with it, but making sure that they don’t do it again. More of these operations will be carried out during the coming months across West Cumbria.”

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