‘They won’t see us un­til it’s too late’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Chris Denham cden­ham@thek­m­group.co.uk

A NEW weapon to tackle road crime is on the streets of south Kent, but you won’t spot it un­less you’re on your mo­bile.

PC Ian Clark’s team of traf­fic cops cov­ers ev­ery­where from Ash­ford to Folke­stone and he is al­ways on the look out for new ways of crack­ing down on danger­ous driv­ers.

PC Clark said: “We all spot peo­ple talk­ing on their mo­biles and driv­ing badly on the way to work and we can’t do any­thing about it, but when you are highly vis­i­ble peo­ple don’t do those things.

“But now we’ve got an un­marked car we are go­ing to be out hunt­ing peo­ple down.”

The traf­fic team’s usual op­er­a­tions in­volve marked po­lice cars and mo­tor­bikes pulling peo­ple over.

While that is suc­cess­ful, PC Clark reck­ons the un­marked car - a first for the area’s traf­fic team - is go­ing to be a use­ful new weapon.

He said: “Just the other day in Ash­ford a woman pulled out in front of me at the round­about, caus­ing me to do an emer­gency stop, and she had her mo­bile in her right hand clamped to her ear and no seat­belt on.”

With some sat­is­fac­tion PC Clark let fly with the hid­den lights and sirens and pulled the er­rant driver over.

Preven­tion is still the aim of the po­lice, and the knowl­edge that you could be in front of an un­marked car is thought to be a use­ful de­ter­rent.

PC Ian Clark – “We are go­ing to be hunt­ing peo­ple down”

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