Drivers caught in clampdown

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A TOTAL of 85 drivers were caught committing road offences in just four hours.

Police stopped the drivers for failing to wear a seatbelt, talking on mobile phones and driving with excess speed.

They were then given the option of paying a fine or watching a road safety DVD.

All but one of the 85 drivers chose to attend the road safety class, a new initiative in a bid to cut down on dangerous driving.

The programme, which has been named Operation Airwalk, took place in Selsey and West Wittering last week.

It gives drivers the opportunity to be educated rather than prosecuted if they have been caught breaching road traffic laws.

Drivers could choose to receive a fixed penalty notice fine and three penalty points on their licence, or watch a 10-minute road safety DVD showing the consequences of the offences that they had committed.

Sgt Rachel Glenton said: ‘The DVDs are in places graphic, making drivers really think about the consequences of their actions.

‘Road safety is a serious concern for a lot of local residents and a priority for the Manhood Neighbourhood Policing Team and we will continue to take these issues very seriously.’

The roads targeted were Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham and Shipton Green Lane, Itchenor.