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Greater Manchester Police target law-breaking motorists

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Due to a significant increase of road deaths in the Greater Manchester region in 2011, Greater Manchester Police have engaged in a crackdown in Wigan and surrounding areas on law-breaking motorists. Operation Dice has been hailed as a major success in its aim to reduce road deaths and injuries in the region.

Motorists flouting the law in the area were targeted by police in a week-long clampdown. In the initial four days in the Wigan borough, 680 fixed penalty notices were handed out, of which 519 were for speeding, 80 for using a mobile phone while driving and 81 for failing to wear a seatbelt. More worryingly, 34 drivers were arrested for drink driving and 6 for dangerous driving. Verbal warnings and driving advice were also handed out to hundreds of other motorists.

The campaign is not a one-off and there will be continuous targeting of dangerous drivers across the borough.

Operation Dice's aim to reduce road deaths and injuries coincides with the Dicing with Death public campaign featuring blood splattered furry dice which urges people to drive more cautiously.

The moral of the story is that if you flout motoring laws in the region, there is a very strong chance that you will be caught.

By road traffic accident expert, Rebecca Dawber