Police crack down on illegal drivers in Astley Bridge
DRIVERS breaking the law were targeted by police during a traffic operation in Astley Bridge.
The two-hour operation took place on Belmont Road on Monday afternoon.
It was conducted by Astley Bridge Police Station and overseen by Astley Bridge councillors Hilary Fairclough and John Walsh.
PC Steve Hilton, from the Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have received a lot of information from local area forums about drivers breaking speed limits.
“The aim is to make people aware that the police are out and about, actively spotting these vehicles.
“People travelling from rural areas come down this road at such speeds.
“Drivers should kill their speed, especially in residential, built-up areas like this.”
Belmont Road leads to High Lawn Community Primary School, among other places.
A number of vehicles were stopped and the driver or passengers advised on a variety of matters.
In addition, four drivers were stopped for not wearing a seat belt while driving, two for using a hand-held mobile device while driving and two for failing to produce relevant documents.
Cllr Fairclough said the operation was in response to a survey in Whitehill Lane, the Beeches, and Shoreswood, which highlighted speeding on Belmont Road as an issue.
She said: “We want to highlight a number of problems that have been brought to our attention.
“We’re carrying out this operation to raise awareness and show that we are trying to act on residents’ concerns.”
Cllr Walsh added: “I think we are all concerned about speeding — this is the only sort of measure we can take.
“This operation shows that the police take a serious view of traffic control. We hope it has a positive impact.”
One resident in Belmont Road, who asked not to be named, said: “Every little helps. People come flying down this road, which makes it particularly hard to get out of our drive.”
Another resident added: “I’ve been worried for some time about speeding on Belmont Road. If operations like this make drivers safer and protect residents, I will firmly support them.”
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