DORSET Police caught more than 180 motorists breaking the law by offences including speeding or using a mobile phone last Sunday, April 6.

As part of the force’s No Excuse campaign, a team of 70 Special Constables assisted by traffic officers and police took part in Operation Puzzle in East Dorset and North Dorset at the weekend.

Of the total, seven Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to drivers or passengers for not wearing seatbelts, and 102 motorists were caught speeding in the Blandford and Gillingham areas.

Depending on their eligibility they will have the option of a Driver Awareness Course, a court hearing or a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.

Brian Austin, No Excuse project manager, said: “These statistics clearly show that motorists are continuing to flout the law.

“Speeding and driving while using a phone are the main factors in fatal and serious injury collisions.

“Not wearing a seatbelt significantly increases the chances of sustaining life-changing injuries.”