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17 interventions and two vehicles seized during Op Tramline

Added on 16 May 2018 at 11:47

Last week we ran Op Tramline, our annual road safety day of action which saw intensified patrols along the M5 corridor around Exeter and Taunton. Tri Force officers from Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire were out in marked and unmarked vehicles, proactively targeting drivers breaking the law on our roads.

 

The risks of dangerous driving were explained to offenders and they were also issued penalties or prosecuted where appropriate. Compulsory education sessions were also run in Taunton Deane Service station by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue & Somerset Road Safety who provided professional, practical advice alongside the police.

Police officer on motorbike speaking to someone next to police car
Police officer on motorbike speaking to someone next to police car

 

Officers working in the Avon and Somerset force area were based in Taunton Deane Service station and made the following interventions;

  • 7 for excess speed
  • 2 cars seized no insurance
  • 3 no MOT
  • 2 for using a mobile phone
  • 2 defective vehicles
  • 1 HGV driver dealt with for driving hours offences

 

Superintendent Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset Police says; “Dangerous driving puts your life and the lives of others at risk. It’s easy for drivers to make mundane excuses for checking their phone, speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, but these dangerous habits needlessly endanger other road users. Take a moment, consider these risks and think about small changes you can make to improve your driving.”

 

The M5 is one of the most important roads in the region and we are committed to making it safer for drivers. Our work spans from road safety interventions such as Op Tramline to regular law enforcement and traffic management activity. In 2017 we attended 100 ‘injury collisions’ along the M5 which resulted in 248 casualties. Of these casualties, 6% were either fatal or classified as serious. Many of these collisions were caused by one of the ‘fatal four’ which are the most common causes of accidents on our roads.

 

The fatal four are widely recognised as the following;

  • Inappropriate speed - According to road safety      charity THINK!, just a few miles per hour can mean      the difference between life and death. Make sure that you’re driving at      the appropriate speed for the conditions at all times and never exceed the      speed limit.
  • Distraction - Using a mobile phone at the wheel is      illegal, even while stopped with the engine on.      Legislation introduced in March 2017 means those caught can receive      six points on their licence and a £200 fine or new drivers could have      their license taken away. Put your phone out sight in your bag or on the      back seat and make sure you’re focussed on the road.
  • Not wearing a seatbelt - You’re twice as likely to      die in a crash if you don’t wear a seatbelt according to THINK!. Most modern cars are fitted with an      electronic reminder and no matter how long/short the journey is, there is      no excuse – put on your seatbelt before you drive.
  • Drink/drug driving – Intoxication reduces a      driver's ability to drive safely by reducing reaction times, increasing      fatigue and impairing judgement. Often it is an innocent person who      suffers during a collision, not the driver who is over the drink drive      limit.

 

We are encouraging members of the public to report any dangerous driving and send dashcam footage to us via our website. Information from any reports we are unable to respond to will be fed into future investigations and intelligence for ongoing road safety management.

If you see a driver breaking the law on the road, you can repot them online at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/