A police crackdown targeted at drivers who are committing motoring offences, from defective tyres to not using a seatbelt, revealed shocking results.
More than 1,500 motorists were caught breaking the law during the series of days of action across Cambridgeshire.
Thirteen motorists were fined for defective tyres, 51 were caught driving without insurance and a staggering 590 were issued with FPN’s for not wearing seat belts.
Chief Inspector Mike Winters, of the roads policing unit, which led the Operation Anglian action days, said: “It is incredibly disappointing to find so many motorists committing offences across the county.
Councillor Matt Bradney, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet member for highways, said: “We face tough targets in reducing the amount of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“Road users have complete control, for example, over driving within the speed limit, not using their mobile phone whilst driving, ensuring that they wear a seatbelt along with any passengers, and remaining fully aware on the roads.
“Drivers adhering to the law, education, training, publicity and police enforcement are key to encouraging safer driving and avoiding tragic road deaths that devastate people’s lives.”
Operation Anglian ran intermittently from January until March and saw days of action in Cambridge, Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdonshire.
Often, motorists are put off buying new tyres, because they think they will be too expensive.
But etyres, the UK’s leading online tyre retailer, operates a mobile fitting service, which means overheads are low and the savings are passed on to customers in the form of cheap prices – up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street depots.
Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts