A SHOCKING number of drivers were punished by the police for offences whilst driving in North Somerset last week.

Officers from conducted a proactive Roads Policing Operation across Portishead, Clevedon, and Nailsea, which resulted in vehicles being seized, and several tickets issued.

13 drivers were issued tickets for using a mobile phone whilst driving, plus several others were dealt with for Speed, Disqul, no DL/insurance or MOT.

The news comes following a new campaign backed by Avon and Somerset Police to reduce road deaths in the area.

In 2023, 62 people were killed in collisions on the roads of Avon and Somerset.

As a result, The Fatal Five campaign has been launched, highlighting the five behaviours (as follows) responsible for 76 per cent of collisions.

  • Intoxicated driving, (drink or drugs) 
  • Careless or inconsiderate driving 
  • Excessive Speed 
  • Mobile phone use or distraction, or 
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt. 

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Every fatal and serious injury collision has a devastating and far-reaching impact.

"We're working with local authority partners to raise awareness of the Fatal Five to prevent these tragic incidents."