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

11:24 25 October 2014

Chief inspector Chris Spinks

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

21 comments

  • Whilst I read other comments, I too am a cyclist and follow logical steps when cycling in the dark. But when someone purchases a bike, It is not forced on them to buy lights and helmets, that's the problem. Should be compulsory if it is an enforceable law, but is it?! Anyway.... you wouldn't buy a car today without it having lights and seatbelts would you!

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    CM84

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • I would just like to know why my journey should be interrupted by the Police to make checks with no suspicion that I have committed any offence? Pretty certain there are more pressing issues locally.

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    CM84

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Totally agree Mr Mayhew. I drive around on deliveries in the district and see too many slow tractors etc, who do not give way as the Highway Code states. Also some of the drivers are very old and should not be in charge of such heavy vehicles. But when I've made this point before the landowning influence has had the remark removed

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    weaversway

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Lets hope they include steam and traction engines as well, they are far too slow and with the death of Fred (satan) Dibnah they are becoming more and more fashionable, how long befofore we have fairground yobs towing Wurlitzers down Yarmouth seafront?.

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    mr mayhem

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • The law should concentrate their efforts in the Kent Square area in Great Yarmouth and stop every Eastern European looking driver to check 'their' car for defects and car insurance documents and all other relevant legal papers, oh and also check the lighting on the car.....

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    wes1975

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Another waste of tax payers money. How much more can the police alienate themselves from real people. Stop hounding motorist and catch some real criminals, do the job you're paid to do. I know it's an old chestnut but it's still true. Do what the taxpayer pays you to do and it certainly isn't this.

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    Zameer

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • For one lets hope the officers are multilingual especially around earlham road area as half the cyclists ride on footpaths and expect walkersdog walkers to move out of their way..

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    paf1

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • .....come along Rosa, the nights are not getting darker!...they are getting longer though!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Personally when I'm on my bike I wear a high vis lights and a helmet. As much as it's a motorists responsibility to watch out for me it's my responsibility to make sure I'm seen and as protected as I can be. I do think that lights and helmets on bikes should be enforced as well but with police manpower limited you have to look at road users who can cause the most damage and they are the ones sitting behind a wheel

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    SB

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • @Stormcast It's not generally compulsory for cycles to use cycle paths. And as for lights, flashing ones are legal. I personally try to use ones with a British Standard mark on them, but they're incredibly hard to find - it's hard to even find one with a CE mark.

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    GWhizz

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • "...Local police must be in need of some more revenue....". The police don't keep the money from fines....if you don't want to pay money to George Osborne then you just need to obey the road traffic laws. Simple.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Local police must be in need of some more revenue

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    John Withers

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Off road cycle paths are pointless. It's like asking a driver to get out of his car at every junction, push it a few metres then return to find he has a puncture.

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    Jim Palmer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Let's hope they include heavy tractors etc. But knowing this newspaper being in the thrall of the local landowners, doubt this comment will stay up

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    weaversway

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • As I said earlier I think Cyclists riding without lights in conditions that demand them are idiots. I would dispute that a cyclist on a bike that weighs maybe 13 kilos is as much of a danger to other road users as a motorist in a car weighing 1200 kilos plus!

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    Arthur Ritick-Joints

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Arthur, cyclists have to be included as the police were targeting cars in darkness, and a cyclists with no lights is just as dangerous

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Err, this article is about Car Drivers driving potentially dangerous cars is it not so why bring up cyclists? I would imagine that the police would be targeting motorists as there are far more of them and that an unsafe car is far more of a danger to other road users than an unsafe bicycle. If a lot more people got off their fat back sides and got out of their cars and onto bikes the better off they and the country as a whole would be. I for one always use decent quality lights when I'm on my bike when it's dark or conditions are poor. I personally think that cyclists not using lights when riding in the dark are idiots. Also R.E. cycle paths, the vast majority aren't fit for purpose - full of broken glass, gravel, etc Also whilst I would not personally take my bike onto the Acle Straight - it's just too damned dangerous the way some people drive on there It isn't illegal for cyclist to do so.

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    Arthur Ritick-Joints

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • For once i actually agree with what they are doing re cars, but cyclists are taking the mickey of late. Enforcing clearway laws would also help. the amount of cyclistpedestrians on Breydon bridge Acle straight is silly. Even when there is a cycle path half the cyclists dont use em. they are there for a reason. Also how about cyclists with flashing lights. They are supposed to have a constant light by law not a flashing one its even has it printed on the packets they come in.

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    Stormcast

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • They should spend more time fining cyclist for riding with NO lights. As far as motorists are concerned, the Government should bring in laws re cars having lights on all the time, then people would have no choice

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • The police should have a crackdown on drivers who insist on driving with only sidelights turned on (and often one of them is out).No matter how poor the visibility or how dark it is, I see dozens of them daily. What is that about? what is the thought process that makes someone think that is better to do that than actually make that extra click on the switch to turn the HEADLIGHTS on?

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    Levi Stubbs

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • They should try fining people who insist on driving - no matter how poor the visibility and how dark it is, drive with only sidelights on. What is that about? too lazy to make that extra click on the light switch I suppose..

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    Levi Stubbs

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

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