Derby drivers caught 'flouting' seatbelt law

The number of drivers caught ignoring seatbelt or mobile phone laws in Derby in one day was "alarming", according to police.

Officers stopped motorists on the busy Kedleston Road in Derby last week.

Twenty-one drivers were given fixed penalty notices for failing to wear a seatbelt and 47 were given a verbal warning for the same offence.

A further 14 were given fixed penalty notices or verbal warnings for driving while using mobile phones.

Sgt Rachel Frost, from the Safer Neighbourhood team, said: "It was alarming to see so many drivers flouting the law.

"Seatbelts can save lives and using a mobile phone behind the wheel can easily distract a driver and cause an accident."

Officers also found 12 cars with defects so bad the drivers were not allowed to continue their journeys and the vehicles were towed away.

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