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Police target poor driving standards in Northamptonshire

A new police crackdown on poor driving standards is to target taxi drivers and vans in Northamptonshire.

Patrols have been stepped up in direct response to rising complaints of poor standards of driving, police said.

"Officers will be carrying out checks to make sure that all Hackney and private hire drivers and their vehicles are properly licensed.

Police will work with council officials from Northampton Borough, South Northants and Daventry.

Sgt Bob French, coordinating the operation, said: "Driving under the influence of drink or drugs, using a mobile phone, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt are the four key causes of collisions involving death or serious injury.

"Those who drive for their living may become complacent about road safety and be tempted not to wear a seatbelt for a short journey, or make a quick call.

"By ignoring the law they put themselves and other drivers at risk which is why this campaign is so important."

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