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Drivers can help keep roads safe

More than 70 motorists were caught offending by Cumbria police during a recent road safety campaign.

Those hauled over to the kerbside were found to be over the alcohol limit, using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts, breaking the speed limit and driving without insurance.

All of which shows an appalling carelessness for the safety of themselves and any passengers and a criminal disregard for the safety of others on the road.

The month-long operation in west Cumbria was launched to pre-empt a seasonal trend that sees motorists in the west of the county involved in a higher than average number of crashes in the summer.

It’s astonishing that seven people were arrested for drink-driving, that 18 drivers were caught speeding (one motorist was clocked at 52mph in a 30mph zone at St Bees) and staggering that 43 were spotted carrying out offences including using mobile phones, driving while not wearing a seatbelt or driving a defective vehicle.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to swerve or slow down at a corner because the idiot coming the other way was on their mobile phone and couldn’t steer the car properly round the bend with one hand on the wheel.

This operation proves that we need tougher penalties and more checks to keep our roads safe.

Whether this is by camera or by patrol I don’t care.

Spending on road safety in Cumbria this year has fallen by £1.5m compared to last year and the fifth biggest cut in road safety in the country, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Cumbria County Council can’t afford to maintain its spending because of the cuts from central government.

The county’s police force has also had to make serious cutbacks in spending and manpower in recent years, but this campaign just shows how important patrols can be.

People will whinge about the cost involved and that police should have better things to do than pick on poor motorists, but the law should be followed and the end result is safer roads.

We could all save ourselves, the police and then courts a lot of pain, bother and money if we just stuck to the rules and our senses, instead of taking risks and asking for trouble.

The police patrols are continuing throughout this month and no doubt some idiots will believe they aren’t doing anything wrong and that they won’t be stopped.

You have been warned!

Have your say

Roy undoubtedly the technology approach is the most effective however peer pressure is proven to change behavior and average sghort term memory is 7+/-2 enabling the majority to remember a reg and post later.
Paul M, Cumbria was on the site under 'All Locations' however is now on the homepage following your request.
Regards regerme

Posted by regerme on 27 July 2012 at 00:03

@ regerme

Brilliant website, but could you tell me how useful it is when Cumbria isn't even available to search against ?

I think the headline here tells the story. Even the author intimates that road safety is someone else's problem. Pity it doesn't reflect the actual story.

Road safety is the responsibility of every single individual who uses the highway - simple. It's not the police, or the government, or the councils - ITS YOU!

Once people start to take responsibility for their own actions, things will start to get better.

Everyone thinks they are a good driver - but very few are. Those that are good drivers are the first to admit that they still have things to learn.

Posted by PaulM on 19 July 2012 at 16:01

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