Police engage with hundreds of people during road safety week of action
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Police stopped more than 90 vehicles and engaged with more than 400 people during a week of action raising awareness of the dangers faced by pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists, and pedal cyclists on Nottinghamshire’s roads.
Members of Nottinghamshire Police’s roads policing and serious collision investigation units provided on-the-spot safety advice and valuable education to road users during targeted patrols at known collision sites.
The activity was in support of a national campaign focused on improving the safety of vulnerable road users who tend to be involved in more collisions than others.
It was just a snapshot of the force’s ongoing year-round work to keep people safe on our roads.
Officers engaged with 418 people, including 312 pedestrians, 71 drivers, 21 motorcyclists, and 14 pedal cyclists, during their patrols on foot and in vehicles throughout last week.
Notable interactions included advising E-scooter riders, addressing phone use while crossing roads, and raising awareness of illegal vehicle tints and the dangers they pose to vulnerable road users.
Pedal cyclists were educated about safe passing distances and advised on reporting, motorcyclists were given advice on safe riding practises and the importance of safety equipment being worn and being seen, and officers addressed issues including illegal tints and insecure loads with drivers, as well as seizing a couple of vehicles for no insurance.
Inspector Simon Allen, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“We continue to encourage all road users to show consideration and respect for the safety of each other as we all have a duty to make our roads a safer place.
“On one of the days of our operation a moped rider didn't let heavy rain stop them, even though they were clearly soaked and looked pretty chilly. It was clear they weren't wearing motorcycle boots and when our officers pulled them over/asked them to stop, he seemed a bit worried, thinking he might have done something wrong.
“But as soon as he found out our officers were just there to help, his mood soon brightened. They gave him some friendly advice and suggested ways to make riding in bad weather more comfortable and safer.
“Before saying goodbye, they handed over a fluorescent tabard and a rucksack to improve visibility and convenience on the road.
"The rider went from feeling anxious to genuinely thankful, saying the encounter had made their day. It also was stated by officers that it was good to be able to help people and they genuinely felt it was time well spent speaking to him.
“Reflecting on the week, I think we made a positive contribution by enhancing our visibility to the public and creating better road safety awareness.
"Feedback from the public and through social media has been genuinely positive and we look forward to working on the next operation.”