Police target Redbridge accident blackspots in road safety operation

Police stopping vehicles in Cranbrook during Road Awareness Week. Photo: Redbridge Police

Police stopping vehicles in Cranbrook during Road Awareness Week. Photo: Redbridge Police - Credit: Archant

Police are patrolling accident blackspots across Redbridge to target dangerous drivers and make the roads safer.

Operation Safeway started across London in this morning’s rush hour and will continue for the “foreseeable future” in Redbridge according to a senior police officer.

Supt Ellie O’Connor said: “What we don’t want to see is a death in our streets of a pedal cyclist dragged under the wheels of a vehicle.

“But it’s not just about cyclists – we are looking at the whole issue of road safety.”

Police will be at problem junctions every day during the morning and afternoon rush hours and fine people for speeding, driving in bus lanes and other traffic offences.

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Officers will also offer guidance to anyone putting people at risk, including pedestrians, cyclists, HGV drivers and motorists.

The operation follows Road Awareness Week last week, when police officers visited primary schools.

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Children got to dress in police uniform and learnt about “stranger danger” and safely crossing roads.

Parents on the school run were also given advice and officers checked they were wearing seat belts and driving safely.

Cranbrook Safer Neighbourhoods Team used a speed gun to monitor drivers in roads where residents had concerns.

Two arrests were made in the week, a vehicle was seized and seven speeding tickets were handed out.

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