July Police Blog: Late for work? That’s no excuse to break the law

June 26 2015

This week I joined up with other neighbourhood police teams to carry out a road safety operation on Gloucester Road.

News from your local policing team with PCSO David Said

This week I joined up with other neighbourhood police teams to carry out a road safety operation on Gloucester Road.

We get many complaints from pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of motor vehicles. These include cycling on pavements, drivers blocking cycle lanes and people ignoring traffic lights.

For two hours during the morning rush hour we monitored the Zetland Road junction. As you can imagine this junction was really busy with drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The majority of those using the road were doing so responsibly. However we gave words of advice and took details of some road users that – for whatever reason – decided that they would ignore the lights, enter the advanced stop section or go onto the pavement. The most common excuse was that they were late for work.

We were joined by some council colleagues who were able to see how junctions may be improved in the future.

Many passers-by appreciated our efforts, bringing to attention issues that they had had at the location.

We have more joint road safety operations planned. Watch this space.

Another issue that we have been dealing with is that of door step callers. An elderly lady in Oak Road was recently charged £60 for removing one small branch from a small tree. The offender noticed the lady in her front garden, gained her trust and then carried out a few minutes ‘work’. The lady felt she couldn’t say no.

Remember if in doubt, keep them out. It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening your door.

Call a neighbour or the police if you are suspicious of the cold caller. Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area - call 999.

David.said@avonandsomerset.police.uk