Operation targets rusty road users following lockdown easing
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Figures show traffic has been gradually increasing throughout the most recent lockdown and, with Covid restrictions starting to ease, the Constabulary expects that to continue so has started an operation to clamp down on road traffic offences that could be more prevalent, especially with people perhaps feeling rusty when it comes to road safety.
Our Specialist Operations Team (made up of roads, dogs and armed officers), Special Constabulary and Local Policing Teams will be focussing their attention on spotting any motorists who may be speeding, over the alcohol or drug limit, using mobile phones or driving unroadworthy vehicles.
On the first day of the operation yesterday (Monday 5 April) our Specialists Operations Team arrested two people on suspicion of drug driving following failed roadside swab tests. Our Christmas anti-drink and drug drive campaign highlighted how some people are unaware how serious the consequences of drug driving can be.
Please remember drug driving is an offence that can lead to a prison sentence and we do have drugs wipe kits that can detect cannabis and cocaine, which can stay in your system for some time.
Many people may be returning to the roads for the first time in a long time so we would also ask everyone to give their vehicles a thorough inspection covering aspects including tyres, fuel and oil. There’s a very helpful summary here: https://www.gov.uk/…/news/show-your-vehicle-some-tlc-in-loc…
And we’re also supporting the national 2 Wheel campaign urging people to consider those on motorbikes and bikes, for example by giving cyclists enough space when overtaking them.
Those on two wheels are also asked to think about road safety, particularly if they haven't used their bike during lockdown.
Key points there include:
• Ensure your bike or motorcycle is roadworthy. Check your lights, tyres, reflectors and brakes.
• Be seen – make sure you’re wearing bright and protective clothing.
• Take care when on the road, give timely and clear signals and look out for other drivers who might not have seen you.
• Motorcyclists – take care when overtaking and on country roads.
• Ride to the weather conditions, slow down and stay safe.