Road checks to continue as 461 are caught

Crash on Lancaster Road in Morecambe near Sainsbury's.
Crash on Lancaster Road in Morecambe near Sainsbury's.

A police crackdown on unruly drivers has been extended by a month after hundreds were stopped.

Operation Bramble, focusing on roads around Lancaster, Morecambe and Fleetwood, saw 461 road users pulled over in October.

Although officers saw a 37 per cent fall in accidents resulting in injury on ten target roads, the number of people killed or seriously injured overall continued to rise.

And police also raised concerns at the amount of drivers not wearing seatbelts, driving while using a mobile phone and speeding.

The target roads include the A683 between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale; the A588 between Poulton and Lancaster; the A586 between Garstang and Poulton; the A6 between Lancaster city centre south and Galgate; the A6 around Morecambe; the A6 around Wyre and Lancaster Road, Morecambe.

Sgt Nigel Ralphson, of Lancaster Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Despite some encouraging results last month, we are still unfortunately experiencing rises in the number of road users killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“We are committed to making Lancashire’s roads safer, and this is why we have decided to extend the operation for another month.”

He said it was ‘particularly worrying’ officers still had to deal with drivers using mobile phones and those not wearing seatbelts.