Traf­fic of­fi­cer hits the road for TV doc

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA - STU­ART GREER

AMACCLESFIELD traf­fic of­fi­cer stars in a new Chan­nel 5 doc­u­men­tary.

Ja­son Wil­liamson, 48, ap­pears in the new se­ries which shows the work in­volved in keep­ing the roads mov­ing dur­ing the winter months.

A film crew from Winter Road Res­cue spent sev­eral shifts with High­ways Eng­land traf­fic of­fi­cers this winter, fol­low­ing the in­ci­dents they re­spond to on some of the Eng­land’s busiest stretches of mo­tor­way.

From his base at New­ton-le-Wil­lows Ja­son’s patch in­cludes both the M62 and M6 where he is called to deal with a wide range of in­ci­dents – from mi­nor break­downs to ma­jor col­li­sions.

Winter Road Res­cue started on Fe­bru­ary 13.

Ja­son, a mar­ried fa­therof-three, was with the Royal Air Force Po­lice be­fore sign­ing up as a traf­fic of­fi­cer seven years ago.

He said: “I was pleased that we were asked to get in­volved with Winter Road Res­cue as we were able to show some of the work we do to keep the roads mov­ing.

“Driv­ers of­ten only see us when we’ve fin­ished deal­ing with an in­ci­dent and the road’s re­opened. They don’t see us help­ing driv­ers, mov­ing bad­ly­dam­aged ve­hi­cles or clear­ing up spillages that would other­wise cause hours of de­lays, so I hope some of that comes across in the pro­gramme.”

The new se­ries of Winter Road Res­cue will also fea­ture High­ways Eng­land’s North West re­gional con­trol cen­tre in New­tonle-Wil­lows, where in­ci­dents are mon­i­tored on CCTV cam­eras and re­sponded to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The se­ries comes as High­ways Eng­land launches a new cam­paign to urge driv­ers to adapt their driv­ing to the chang­ing con­di­tions on the road.

The lat­est an­nual fig­ures re­vealed that trav­el­ling too fast for the con­di­tions is a fac­tor in one in nine of all road deaths in Great Britain.

A safety cam­paign is warn­ing driv­ers that ‘when it rains, it kills’ af­ter the fig­ures also showed that peo­ple are 30 times more likely to be killed or se­ri­ously in­jured on the roads in rain than in snow.

It takes at least twice as long to stop on a wet road as on a dry road be­cause tyres have less grip on the sur­face.

In wet weather you should: slow down if the rain and spray is mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to see and be seen; keep well back from the ve­hi­cle in front to in­crease your abil­ity to see and plan ahead; ease off the ac­cel­er­a­tor and slow down grad­u­ally.

Mac­clesWeld high­ways ofWcer Ja­son Wil­liamson be­ing Wlmed for the Winter Road Res­cue doc­u­men­tary

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