Teenager banned in anti-social driving crackdown

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MOTORISTS are being warned to be considerate of other road users after an anti-social driving clampdown has led to a number of motorists losing their licences.

Over the past 11 months the road policing teams in Wyre have been reacting to complaints from the public - and officers’ own observations - about motorists who drive dangerously or irresponsibly.

Anti-social driving is anything which other motorists would consider to be inconsiderate and which could ultimately cause a collision. It includes (but is not limited to) risky over taking, tailgating, failing to give way, cutting other motorists up and driving with excessive speed for the road or weather condition.

As a result of the clampdown, officers have spoken to motorists who they have repeatedly had complaints about - or who officers have witnessed driving anti-socially - and the motorists have been made aware that they are being targeted by police.

Nine of the 15 motorists being monitored have consequently lost their licences. Most recently a 19-year-old from Great Eccleston was disqualified from driving for two years. Residents had made numerous complaints about the driving behaviour of the teenager, who police say was both a nuisance and a danger to other road users.

The road policing team have also introduced a driver’s acceptable behaviour contract, which is designed as an early intervention to deal with anti-social drivers. This has been piloted over the last six months and over 20 young drivers have been dealt with and signed up to the contract.

Sgt Nigel Ralphson, road policing, said: “We are committed to tackling those who drive in an illegal manner, but what can be equally as dangerous is those who drive in an anti-social way.

“Not only can they be inconsiderate towards other road users but they also increase the risk of a collision taking place.

“The disqualifications that have been granted by the courts mean that drivers who have caused problems for both motorists and pedestrians are now off the roads and hopefully they will use this time to think about their driving behaviour and amend it when they are allowed to get back behind the wheel.”

He added: “The acceptable behaviour contracts allow us to monitor the behaviour of young motorists who have caused issues for locals and so far the results have been encouraging. We are pleased with the willingness of the public to report incidents of bad driving and I would like to encourage more people to come forward. We will endeavour to investigate complaints and where necessary take drivers to court.”