Police offer road safety courses to illegal drivers

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Twenty three motorists have been offered road safety courses after they were stopped by police for seatbelt and mobile phone offences on Friday.

The Roads Policing Department carried out the check on the V4 Watling Street in Fenny Stratford between 8am and 9.15am.

A total of 18 drivers and passengers were stopped for not wearing seatbelts and were offered a Seatbelt First internet course. A further five were stopped for using their mobile phones while driving and were offered the Call Divert internet course.

One driver had his vehicle seized for having no insurance and driving unsupervised with a provisional licence. The driver will be summoned to court.

The courses are alternative to fines which are £60 for not wearing seat belt and £60 and three penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving.

The penalty can be substantially more if taken to court.

Sergeant Simon Hills, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is clear that a small number of vehicle occupants still flout the laws and put either themselves or others in danger whilst using the roads.

“The cost to the public purse of a fatal collision is potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“The cost to the families of those lost is immeasurable.

“We will continue to target road users who flout the laws by conducting further road checks around Milton Keynes.”