Scarecrow speed campaign followed up by police operation
Road safety campaigners gained extra police support when a special "fatal four" operation stopped drivers in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Constabulary stopped 60 vehicles in a single day to check for the "fatal four" – drink-driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using a mobile phone.
Residents and councillors earlier launched Mars – Moreton Valence Action for Road Safety – with scarecrows beside the busy A38 through the parish, designed to slow drivers down.
The pretend people were lined up because residents were told it was too dangerous for them to campaign so close to the 60mph stretch of road.
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Mars campaigner and member of Moreton Valence Parish Council Lyn Bushell said: "Accidents are a big issue for us. In the past ten years we have had 35 collisions, 52 casualties and two fatalities."
Since Mars was launched, Moreton Valence residents Richard and Caroline Hanman have also had their home hit by a skidding car.
PCSO Mark Lifton said weather conditions on the day of the operation in December were poor, due to the rain.
However, a car was found running on red diesel and the driver fined £600, plus three vehicles without insurance were seized by police.
Fixed penalty notices for driving without a seatbelt were issued to three motorists, PCSO Lifton said.
In addition a vehicle was picked up by automatic number plate recognition for being involved in a burglary.
The road policing operation monitored traffic between the Cross Keys and Fromebridge Mill along the A38 and through Moreton Valence .