Commissioner’s bid to reclaim footpaths for pedestrians
Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham, steps up his campaign by urging drivers to be considerate when parking on public footpaths.
This comes as part of the on-going work to tackle road safety related issues in Mr Hogg’s Police and Crime Plan 2013-17, addressing one of the policing priorities voted for by residents in County Durham and Darlington.
Mr Hogg said:
“Over recent months more comments are being raised by pedestrians in County Durham and Darlington who feel that in some instances, their safety is being compromised due to footpaths being blocked by cars or vans. This means people have to go on the road to get past which can be especially hazardous for the elderly and disabled, or for those with pushchairs or with children.
Some streets have narrow roads so it is recognised that in some circumstances drivers may need to park on the path, for example if an ambulance or other emergency vehicle needs access to the street. Each street is different and therefore I hope drivers are mindful of others and re-think before they park”.
The road safety issues currently being addressed by Mr Hogg also include tackling careless and dangerous driving, speeding, using mobile phones while driving and other inappropriate behaviour.
Posted on Wednesday 7th August 2013