Road swoops target younger motorists

Paul Wilson from VOSA (right) and PC Dave Webster from Blackpool traffic carry out vehicle checks near Blackpool Sixth Form College.
Paul Wilson from VOSA (right) and PC Dave Webster from Blackpool traffic carry out vehicle checks near Blackpool Sixth Form College.
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MISSING ‘L’ plates and the wrong safety gear landed teenagers in hot water when police carried out spot-checks on motorists.

Officers stationed themselves close to Blackpool Sixth Form College yesterday as part of a special operation aimed at the town’s young drivers - designed to tackle bad driving and dodgy vehicles.

Sgt Paul Beresford, from Blackpool police, said: “Young drivers tend to be more inexperienced behind the wheel and so are more at risk of having a collision than middle-aged drivers.

“There are also a lot of pedestrians in and around the college so there is more risk of an accident if people are not driving sensibly.”

Motorists who drove past the check-points on Blackpool Old Road and Mowbray Drive were pulled over at random, with police working with The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Blackpool Council to carry out checks.

Sgt Beresford added: “Most people were fine but a few people had to be spoken to, in particular some moped riders who were missing L plates and some young lads on mopeds who were not wearing gloves or decent jackets, so if they came off their mopeds they would risk serious injury. They were advised to wear better clothing.”

Similar operations are run monthly across the town, and Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “Road safety laws and advice are in place with one main goal – to reduce the amount of casualties on our streets.

“This is another event to give people advice about making sure their car is in a road worthy state, and they are driving with due care and attention. Events such as this one have made a big difference in reducing the number of deaths on Blackpool’s roads over the last few years.

“If today’s event has helped to save one life on Blackpool’s roads, then it will have been worth it.”

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