More than 50 drivers have been issued with fines after officers from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire Police launched a joint operation to crack down on drivers not wearing a seatbelt and using mobile phones while driving.
During the seven-hour operation on Tuesday, 57 drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices, including 51 for not wearing a seatbelt and six who were driving while using a mobile phone.
Northamptonshire Police road policing sergeant, Mahesh Patel, said: “We had an unmarked truck which was driven up and down the M1 between junction 18 and junction 15 with officers inside looking out for any offences being committed.
“Once they identified a vehicle we had other officers on the motorway to intercept it and deal with them accordingly.”
“Leicestershire have done this before, but this is the first operation of its kind in Northamptonshire.
“It’s a drive to make roads safer in Northamptonshire with an effective method of policing.”
“This was an effective day of action against motorists who break the law while driving.
“Northamptonshire Police will continue to use operations like this to make the county’s roads as safe as possible for motorists.”