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Drivers fined under new law
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Two Derby motorists have become the first in the country to be prosecuted under new laws governing bridleways, say police.

The fines have come about because of new police powers that allow them to prosecute drivers who flout the laws.

Darren Lee Cook, 36, of Challis Avenue, Chaddesden and Robert William Laybram, 21, of Lloyd Street in Derby, were caught driving their 4x4 vehicles down a public bridleway near Overton Hall in Ashover on March 2002.

The pair were fined 100 each plus 50 in costs by Chesterfield Magistrates Court.

It is the first time that Derbyshire Police have used their new powers under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to bring a road traffic prosecution for misusing a public bridleway.

They believe it is also the first prosecution of this kind in the country.


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