Crackdown sees 36 young drivers fined

POLICE fined 36 young drivers after a crackdown in Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre.

They were pulled up for offences such as speeding, driving without tax or while failing to wear a seatbelt, Lancashire Constabulary’s Northern division said.

During March, police staged two days of action to raise awareness amongst young drivers about the dangers they face if they drive irresponsibly or illegally.

Officers operated road side check points to monitor the roadworthiness of vehicles and to ensure that cars have not been modified to boost their speed – which then voids insurance.

As well as the 36 who were issued with on-the-spot fines, another 68 young drivers were given advice about their driving. One person was found to be driving while disqualified; three people were searched for drugs and two people were arrested in connection with the theft of a bicycle.

Neighbourhood police teams also visited schools and colleges to speak to youngsters and deliver road safety messages. New drivers were also warned that they face losing their licence if they get six points within their first two years on the road

Sgt Nigel Ralphson, of northern division’s road policing unit, said: “Crash statistics show that young drivers are amongst those most at risk of being killed or seriously injured on the road. This is largely due to their inexperience behind the wheel, coupled with a false sense of invincibility.

“Young drivers need to be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to road safety – losing your licence is a real risk, as is leaving behind a devastated family if you are hurt or killed in a crash.”