Po­lice’s big­gest ever road safety event finds beer cans in a car and even a ve­hi­cle with no re­verse gear

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Even while he is hav­ing his lunch there is no rest for PC Steve God­frey as yet an­other driver not wear­ing her seat­belt pulls up right in front of him at the Oun­dle Road Tesco.

It is the third that morn­ing, not to men­tion the driv­ers who are unin­sured, park­ing il­le­gally, or found on their phone, who have also come his way.

All of this forms part of Cam­bridgeshire po­lice’s big­gest ever road safety event, which saw more than 800 en­force­ment ac­tions handed out be­tween 6am Fri­day and 6am on Satur­day.

Many of these were in Peter­bor­ough, where a driver was caught with nine cans of beer by their seat.

Ear­lier, an el­derly lady had crashed her car while watch­ing of­fi­cers stop an­other ve­hi­cle. She then failed an eye check.

Po­lice spent many hours on Lin­coln Road, Oun­dle Road, Thorpe Road and East­field Road, while PC God­frey and Sergeant Justin Howard started their day at Gun­thorpe Pri­mary School, which they said had been high­lighted to po­lice as one of the worst for school park­ing in the city.

Sure enough, both men quickly spot­ted a driver parked on the zigzagged yel­low lines in Gun­thorpe Road, just out­side the school.

The first ticket of the morn­ing was handed out, fol­lowed quickly by two more on Haveswa­ter Close, just out­side an­other school en­trance.

As the of­fi­cers ap­proach a woman comes past telling them that a child had just nearly been run over.

Three par­ents, who do not wish to be named, tell the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph: “It gets ridicu­lous some morn­ings. It’s a night­mare.”

As­sis­tant head­teacher Chrissy Parker says par­ents are reg­u­larly re­minded about park­ing. “We en­cour­age our chil­dren to walk to school as soon as they can,” she said.

The day of ac­tion de­liv­ers a few sur­prises, in­clud­ing one car which has no re­verse gear.

There are speed checks and tyre checks, while an HGV is taken to se­condary schools so pupils can learn about their blind spots and cy­cling/pedes­trian safety.

Sev­eral cars are seized as the driv­ers have no in­sur­ance.

PC Craig Far­ring­ton was in charge of the op­er­a­tion in Peter­bor­ough. Ex­plain­ing the force’s zero tol­er­ance ap­proach on the day, he pointed out: “If you don’t break the law you have no is­sues.”

‘If you don’t break the law you have no is­sues’

PC Craig Far­ring­ton

A car be­ing seized in Mill­field

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