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Police roadside checks in Norfolk and Suffolk as clocks go back on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 11:24 25 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:24 25 October 2014

Chief inspector Chris Spinks' road police team will be carrying out roadside checks in Norfolk and Suffolk in a bid to reduce crashes as the nights get darker.Photo: Bill Smith

Chief inspector Chris Spinks' road police team will be carrying out roadside checks in Norfolk and Suffolk in a bid to reduce crashes as the nights get darker.Photo: Bill Smith

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Police will be carrying out roadside checks in Norfolk and Suffolk in a bid to reduce crashes as the nights get darker.

Officers have been carrying out roadside checks since Monday, focusing on offences involving lights, tyres, windscreens and screen wash and anything else which may impact on the roadworthiness of a vehicle.

The operation will run in both counties for two weeks, ending on November 2, and will tie in with the clocks going back this Sunday.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the joint roads policing unit, said: “The rise in collisions at this time of year can be down to a number of factors including lighting defects, poorer weather conditions and people not used to driving in the dark.

“We know that one of the main causes of collisions at this time of year is drivers not looking properly and this operation is about raising awareness among motorists to prevent these incidents from happening.

“My officers will be checking the safety of vehicles, educating drivers and enforcing the law where necessary and appropriate.

“These may seem minor issues to some drivers but if you drive a car with one headlight out you are effectively reducing your visibility by half and the chances of being seen.

“I would encourage drivers to watch their speed, keep a good distance between you and the car in front, and take time to look out for other road users, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Drivers will be dealt with with verbal warnings and vehicle defect rectification notices while in more serious cases police have the power to seize dangerous vehicles at the roadside.

Do you have a crime story? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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