Numerous Norfolk offences detected in Europe-wide campaign
Road checks carried out in Norwich on Wednesday in support of a Europe-wide campaign to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads have seen over a 30 people dealt with for offences including driving while using a mobile phone, driving with no insurance and driving while not wearing a seatbelt.
Police in both Suffolk and Norfolk carried out the checks across both counties during the day with targeted operations in Norwich and Lowestoft as part of Project Edward – European Day Without A Road Death – a campaign by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which aims to get people thinking seriously about road safety.
Officers from the Norfolk roads policing and firearms operations unit and other partner agencies took part.
As a result of the day –
14 drivers and three passengers were dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt
10 people were found driving while using a mobile phone
12 people were caught using a bus lane inappropriately
Two people were caught with windscreens with glass not as prescribed (one of the vehicles had a light transmission of only 4% with the legal requirement being 70%)
One driver was found not to be in proper control of their vehicle
And two people were found committing drugs offences.
In addition, 181 people were found to be driving with excess speed in the Costessey and Bowthorpe area, 1400 local children were given road safety education and 88 child seats were checked.
Police in Norfolk and Suffolk work closely with partner agencies, including Think! Norfolk Road Safety Partnership and the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership, to educate drivers and improve safety. A lot of work is focused on the fatal four motoring offences of drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
Iain Temperton, Team Manager, Casualty Reduction Education & Development, said; “Achieving a zero figure on 21 September was always very unlikely. But we must aim for zero because no loss of life on Europe’s roads is acceptable and we remain committed to encouraging everyone to work together to eliminate road traffic deaths.
“If more drivers, riders, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users can pause for a moment to reflect on simple ways to reduce risk and improve safety, then we will be going a long way towards that ultimate goal of no deaths on Europe’s roads.”
Sgt Peter Howlett, who led the team in Norwich on Wednesday, reflected on the results saying: “These results show that people are still not thinking about road safety and how their decisions could negatively impact on themselves and others.
“Our aim, along with our colleagues across the UK and Europe, is to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured on our roads and we will continue to carry out these regular checks to deal with drivers who persist in putting lives at risk.”
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Greene, commenting on the results, said:
“It beggars belief that drivers and their passengers could be so oblivious to their own safety, and the safety of others, as to sit on seat belts rather than put them on, drivers dare to play Russian roulette by talking or texting on the phone with the engine on, ignoring the rules of the road. If this is you, are you angling to become another statistic? Do yourself and everyone else a favour and drive responsibly. PLEASE!”
Motorists are also being encouraged to sign a road safety pledge on the TISPOL website (www.tispol.org/edward).
Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark