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Traffic police targeting drivers in six-month operation
TRAFFIC police officers are launching a concerted crackdown on the key causes of accidents in a bid to reduce casualty figures on Hampshire’s roads.
The six-month operation will target drivers who use mobile phones, drink-drivers, speeding motorists and those who do not wear seat belts.
Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, of Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police roads policing joint operations unit, said these factors are the four main trends in fatal or serious-injury crashes.
He said: “We’re in a position where lives are being lost or heavily affected by collisions which could be prevented by a bit of common-sense and consideration.
“The aim of this crackdown is to really hammer home the risks that bad driving practise carries with it and to try to change the attitudes of those driving poorly.”
In 2011, seven people died on roads in Basingstoke and Deane, while 78 people were seriously injured.
The police said such incidents are down in the northern area – which includes Basingstoke as well as Winchester, Andover and Rushmoor – from 160 to 106 between January 1 and June 30 this year.
But Hampshire Constabulary said that county-wide, there has been an increase in fatal and serious injury collisions since June 30, mainly on the Isle of Wight.
Road users on both the A33 and the M3 will be targeted, as well as the M27, A32, A35, A31 and A2047.
Anyone found not wearing a seat-belt will receive a fixed penalty ticket but those speeding or using mobile phones could face going to court.