On The Beat: July 2017

June 22 2017

Last month we took part in Operation Close Pass, helping to educate drivers on safe overtaking distances of cyclists. We focussed our operation on hotspot roads with a high number of ‘near misses’, around the top end of the Gloucester Road.

Last month we took part in Operation Close Pass, helping to educate drivers on safe overtaking distances of cyclists. We focussed our operation on hotspot roads with a high number of ‘near misses’, around the top end of the Gloucester Road.

 As well as motorists, we also spoke to cyclists about various offences, including running red lights. Plain clothes officers were out on bikes with cameras, capturing bad driving. In total, we stopped seven cars and two cyclists. One driver was reported for careless driving and for having no MOT following an incident with a cyclist. When overtaking, please allow as much space for a cyclist as you would another vehicle, which is 1.5 metres or approximately a car door width. Failing to leave enough space puts cyclists at risk and you could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

 In June we also took part in the summer drink drive and road safety campaign, Operation Tonic, again around the Gloucester Road in Bishopston, as this area statistically sees a higher proportion of road traffic and drink driving incidents. During the evening we stopped 20 motorists for a range of offences including not wearing seatbelts, speeding and dodgy lights on their vehicles. We breathalysed 19 people, of which a few admitted drinking alcohol prior to driving, however we didn’t make any arrests on this occasion.  

It is never worth driving when you have been drinking alcohol. The lighter evenings can mean more people go for a drink after work and then drive home afterwards. Please don’t get behind the wheel if you are over the limit – get someone to pick you up or use public transport. 

The lighter nights can also mean an increase in calls to the police about anti-social behaviour (ASB). Calls to Avon and Somerset increase on average by 14% in July and August, and calls that relate specifically to ASB go up by 28%. Inconsiderate use of vehicles, littering, damage to property, rowdy/drunken behaviour and noisy neighbours are the top five issues that upset people the most.

 In light of this, we have updated our patrol plan for the summer. We’ll be carrying out more patrols around parks and green spaces in our area. Horfield Common is busier than ever at the moment, so our extra patrols should put people’s minds at rest. We are also stepping up our patrols around schools at the end of the school day, as we have received a number of calls about the behaviour of some children when they’re making their way home.

 We have received more reports of speeding drivers on Ashley Down Road. PCSO David Said recently joined volunteers to carry out speed data surveys and we will be carrying out more community speed watches during the coming months to monitor the situation. 

Don’t forget you can follow what the teams are up to on Twitter @ASPBristolNorth Follow them on 20th July and use #ASP24 to get an insight into the huge and varied demand placed on our organisation over a 24 hour period. 

 

Until next time

Sergeant Adam Dolling