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Dangerous driving targeted by Lancashire police

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Lancashire police have announced that the factors which they believe are the four major contributors to severe road traffic crashes are to be given special attention over the next few months. The police have confirmed that the most dramatic accidents contain one of the four elements of speeding, driving with excess alcohol or drugs, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt. There are instances where more than one of the four elements are present but overall the police believe that these factors play a major part in cases of dangerous driving, death by dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention.
The four factors are to be specifically targeted by the police with the intention of saving lives in the long term. It has often been muted that smaller offences may lead to larger ones over time, and that bad driving behaviour increases with the more time that a motorist spends on the road. Although such a theory can be helpful it does often mean that the general motorist can have his driving licence tarnished with penalty points for a one off offence that may previously have been dealt with by way of words of advice.
The County of Lancashire has seen 46 deaths as a result of collisions in 2010 and the police believe that a full effort is needed to reduce the numbers in 2011. Supt Peter O'Dwyer has been quoted as saying "We take road safety in Lancashire very, very seriously and we are committed to making sure that we reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Speed is one of the biggest contributory factors in fatal and serious, life-changing road traffic accidents." The police are still intent on educating young drivers to ensure that good driving habits continue past the day of the driving test and will make education in schools and enforcement activity a priority which they hope will be effective in the long term.