Blitz on drivers and riders

June 26 2015

OVER a hundred motorists and cyclists were stopped and spoken to in Gloucester Road as part a road safety campaign, one morning last month.

OVER a hundred motorists and cyclists were stopped and spoken to in Gloucester Road as part a road safety campaign, one morning last month.

Police officers worked alongside the council’s parking services to remind motorists about the rules of the road.

Of the 51 motorists stopped and spoken to, 46 cases were in relation to stopping in cycle boxes.

Forty-nine cyclists were warned about offences including not stopping at red lights, riding on the pavements, and not stopping within cycle boxes.

The operation ran between 7.30-9.30am at the junction where the high street meets Zetland Road.

The council’s parking services staff moved on between 10 and 15 motorists for parking in restricted areas, including in bus lanes during their times of operation.

City centre Sergeant Stephen Bell, said: “We ran the operation when accidents are most likely to happen.

“The fact we were stopping about 50 people an hour shows the extent of the problem and the need to educate and keep reminding people of the need to respect other road users’ safety.”

Daniella Radice, local councillor and Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, said: “Making sure all road users feel safe in our communities is a huge priority.

“Road safety is an identified priority for our Neighbourhood Partnership in this area and it is great to see the team having such a positive influence on the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“This operation was a big success in educating road users and I would like to thank Avon and Somerset Police for organising it.”

Motorists, including motorcyclists, who stop in a cycle box could receive a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.

Cyclists who do not stop at red lights or do not stop within cycle boxes could receive a £50 fine.

Further events are being planned by the Neighbourhood Partnership’s Sustainable Travel working group, in conjunction with the police.

To get involved in the work of the partnership, visit: www.bcrnp.org.uk

Gloucester RoadPhoto by Ian Chittick.