Sussex PCC joins specials on Operation Crackdown’s Strike Team
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne joined road policing officers and volunteers from the force in Lewes on Wednesday to see them in action.
Mrs Bourne joined Special Constables who were working as part of Operation Crackdown’s Strike Team, supporting the existing work of the Road Policing Unit and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership. The team’s aim is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads both through education and enforcement.
Sergeant Phil Badman explained that 62 cars had been pulled over on Wednesday morning and his team were looking out for any vehicle defects as well as checking whether there may be grounds to test drivers for drink- or drug-driving. Two tickets were given for seatbelts and one breathalyser test carried out, and advice was given twice for seatbelts, twice for tyre offences and once for a cycle rack obscuring number plate and lights.
He said they has chosen to stop cars heading in to the Cuilfall Tunnel from the A27 after more than 50 offences were reported via the Sussex Safer Roads website on that stretch of road in the past 15 months.
“The fact that the team were following up on reports given by members of the public which showed a cluster of offences means that residents can be reassured the information they provide is helping to build a detailed picture for the police,” says Mrs Bourne.
“It was great to meet some of the Special Constables involved in the work being done to keep our roads safer – including Special Constable Steve Wood, who I first met at his attestation last year – and it’s heartening to hear there has been an enthusiastic response from special constables across the county keen to take part.”
In this month’s Performance and Accountability meeting, Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said that 275 vehicles were stopped between 1 June and 12 June as part of the team’s work, with 212 breath tests and 55 arrests. There were also 11 drug wipes, resulting in a further five arrests.
For more information and to report offences to Operation Crackdown, please visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk.