GMP operation aims to make the roads safer for everyone
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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) traffic officers have been reminding all road users of how they can take steps not only to keep themselves safe, but also how everyone can take responsibility for keeping our roads safe.
In Greater Manchester, the most at risk road users are often pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Officers were stationed in numerous locations across the force identified as hotspots areas due to high number of collisions involving vulnerable road users.
During the two-week focussed enforcement last month, officers reported 131 road traffic offences and over 650 speed offences. Officers also carried out an operation with the force’s mounted unit, where they identified and issued advice to drivers who were seen to be passing horses on the road too close or too fast.
They engaged with many more road users not just drivers, but vulnerable road users, to help them recognise how they could be using the roads more safely, including working with local schools in Bolton and Rochdale to educate pupils on road safety and reminding parents of safer parking near school gates.
Inspector Jon Shilvock, from GMP’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Every pedestrian, driver, cyclist and horse rider on our roads is a person, with family and friends, who are all impacted should they unfortunately be involved in a road traffic collision.
“All road users, no matter what the mode of transport, are responsible for ensuring that their actions keep not only them, but others safe. As well as using enforcement action on those we see driving dangerously, this focussed operation allowed our officers to educate road users on how taking simple steps can reduce the amount of collisions and needless deaths on our roads.”
Advice for drivers:
- When overtaking a cyclist, motorcyclist or horserider give them as much space as you possibly can – at least as much as you would give a car.
- If you are approaching a horse remember to slow down and don’t make unnecessary noise such as sounding your horn or revving your engine as this may spook the horse.
- Always check your mirrors particularly when turning or at junctions or roundabouts.
- Be patient and give others enough time and room. Allowing more time for your journey can mean you are not driving under pressure and tempted to take unnecessary, dangerous risks.
Advice for other road users:
- Wear fluorescent clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
- For pedestrians – if there is a footpath, use it. If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keep as close as possible to the side of the road.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and don’t become distract by using devices such as your mobile phones.
- Give clear signals to show other road users what you are going to do.