Police to clampdown on motorists who breach the fatal four Date published: 12th September 2016 9.40am

Cheshire Constabulary will be targeting drivers who breach the fatal four causes of collisions during a week-long operation on the county’s roads.

The Fatal Four campaign will run from Monday until Sunday, September 12-18 and will tackle drivers who drink and drug drive, drive at excessive speed, do not wear seatbelts or misuse technology while driving – the four main causes of death or injury on Cheshire’s roads.

Tragically, there have been a number of serious and fatal collisions across the county during the past few weeks, which are currently being investigated, and shows how important it is for officers to ensure motorists are driving safely on Cheshire’s roads.

Inspector Steve Griffiths, of Cheshire Police’s Taskforce Operations, said: “Reducing serious and fatal collisions on our roads remains our biggest priority.

“Of course, we look out for the fatal four every day when policing the county’s roads, and we take action whenever we come across drivers who are committing these offences. But operations like these enable us to focus our efforts and educate motorists about how their driving can have an impact on not only themselves, but other road users such as motorbikes and cyclists.”

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “During my conversations with Cheshire residents road safety has been an issue that has been frequently raised as a local priority and it is essential that our police service takes a pro-active role in keeping the county’s roads safe.

“Irresponsible behaviour behind the wheel can have wide reaching effects. I fully support the Fatal Four campaign and the work being undertaken to ensure our roads are safe for everyone in our communities.

“Educating motorists is an important part of this work but where people choose to ignore the law and impact on the safety of others it is only right that action is taken.”

The Constabulary’s campaign has been timed to run alongside the national TISPOL European seatbelt campaign.