MINDLESS motorists who put lives at risk on country roads are to be blitzed by police.
Over the next fortnight officers will be out in force on roads - including the A41, A51 and the A56 - stopping offenders in an exercise called Operation Survey.
The no-nonsense clampdown comes after a series of fatal accidents in recent months.
Police are expected to come down hard on motorists who are speeding, not wearing seat belts or using handheld mobile phones while driving.
Inspector Phil Hodgson, in charge of the western rural neighbourhood policing unit, said: 'People have had enough. We are all suffering the misery of accident statistics - not just fatal statistics but serious injuries.
'If weather conditions lead to an accident, there's not much we can do apart from trying to get people to drive according to the conditions.
"But if someone has been using a mobile phone, is not wearing a seat-belt or speeding they can expect to be prosecuted.
'I have had to speak to bereaved families on a couple of occasions where people have not worn seat belts or were speeding and it's devastating for those who are left behind to pick up the pieces.'
Officers will use a roadside speed trailer which illuminates motorists' speed as they pass by.
This is partly a means of gathering intelligence where there is a perceived speeding problem in order to target resources effectively.
Insp Hodgson said people who didn't wear seat belts didn't give themselves much chance of surviving a collision on fast roads.
Police will also be looking for children not being properly secured in child seats or sitting in the boots of cars.
He said drivers wishing to use their phones while driving should buy a hands-free set or pull into a lay-by to make and receive calls.