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Summer campaign tackles careless and dangerous driving

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A crack-down on dangerous and careless driving in rural County Durham has been launched by police.

Figures show that 66% of fatal accidents in Britain occur on rural roads.

As a result, officers across Durham Constabulary are working together to tackle speeding, dangerous and careless driving in Weardale and Teesdale.

Operation Bramble, which runs throughout summer, will not only consist of enforcement, but also education via Community Speed Watch events and partnership engagement events. 

These will be held in a number of areas to ensure road users understand the need to be as safe as possible for their own safety, as well as the safety of more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and horse riders.

Inspector Jon Curtis said: “Our force area is made up of many villages and country roads. These roads wind through villages with 30mph speed limits before opening up into roads with national speed limits. 

“The temptation can be for drivers and riders to travel over the speed limit on these roads or at an inappropriate speed. We hope to prevent this by increasing our presence on these roads and educating people on safe driving.”

Insp Curtis added: “You’ll see our officers throughout the Dales over the summer and we hope drivers and riders continue to resect these roads and look out for each other and themselves.”

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington said: “It’s really important that we all work together to tackle road safety in rural areas. The Police want to work with local people to identify solutions to tackle road safety.”

Tips on how to avoid being involved in a collision on a rural road: 

  • Resist overtaking.  It is difficult to judge the speed of an approaching vehicle.  If two vehicles are heading towards each other, both travelling at 60mph, the gap between them decreases by 60 metres every second. 
  • Stay in control when travelling around bends.  Many inexperienced drivers take corners too fast – BRAKE BEFORE THE BEND. 
  • Expect the presence of vulnerable road users such as bikers, cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.  If you travel at an inappropriate speed you will not leave yourself sufficient time to react when encountering these vulnerable road users.
  • Travel at an appropriate speed. Just because the speed limit is 60mph, this doesn’t mean that it is safe for you to travel at this speed.  Lower speeds allow you more time to react.  
Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017
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