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Operation Safeway Results

15/01/2014

MPS Press Bureau

Final results from road safety operation.

Officers issued a combined total of 14,409 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) and reports for summons during their seven-week road safety operation.

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Safeway was launched on Monday 25 November 2013 in response to a series of tragic cyclist deaths on the roads. The operation was extended by a week and concluded on Friday 10 January 2014.

It saw approximately 2,500 officers from the MPS Traffic Command and Safer Transport Command deployed to around 170 key junctions across London, where they robustly enforced the law and gave road safety advice to all road users during rush hours.

Operation Safeway breakdown – Monday 25 November 2013 to Friday 10 January 2014.

Cyclists: 4,269 FPNs/reports for summons for the following offences:

> Contravening traffic signals = 1,277 FPNs/reports for summons Using a
> pedal cycle without lights at night = 1,608 FPNs/reports for summons, however many of the FPNs were cancelled when the cyclists concerned attended designated points to show lights had subsequently been fitted.
> Cycling on a footway = 1,057 FPNs/reports for summons Other = 327
> FPNs/reports for summons

Motorists: 10,140 FPNs/reports for summons for the following offences:

> Contravening traffic signals = 1,113 FPNs/reports for summons Using a
> phone while driving = 2,597 FPNs/reports for summons Failing to wear a
> seatbelt = 2,484 FPNs/reports for summons Driving without due care =
> 93 FPNs/reports for summons Other (can include driving without
> insurance and faults with vehicle) = 3,853 FPNs/reports for summons

Additionally, 225 arrests were made for traffic offences including dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drink driving, immigration offences, having an offensive weapon, drugs offences, public order offences, handling stolen goods, assault, criminal damage, theft of bikes and cars, illegal entry, shoplifting, burglary, outraging public decency, failing to stop, malicious communications, child neglect, drunk disorderly, failing to appear at court, sexual assault, breach of an anti-social behaviour order and taxi touting. One person was wanted on recall to prison.

Detective Chief Superintendent Glyn Jones of the MPS Road Traffic Unit, said: “Our aim was to have a sharp and intense period of enforcement and education which would quickly prompt people to behave more safely on the roads.

“Eight weeks ago, we were stopping numerous pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and motorcyclists every day because they were acting in a way that could put their safety – or the safety of others – at risk. Eight weeks on, I have seen first-hand that attitudes have changed. This is reflected by the fact that we’ve had to issue less fixed penalty notices as the operation has progressed.

“It’s really important that this change in behaviour is now maintained. For our part, we will continue to carry out spot-checks and education at busy junctions, in addition to our daily road safety work. One of the most significant factors in whether this change is maintained will be if people continue to act legally and safely on the roads. Remember, nothing is worth risking yours or another’s life on the road.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Deputy Director, Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “We care about every journey made in the capital, and we are determined through our partnership with the police and other enforcement agencies to improve road safety for everyone. Operation Safeway has demonstrated how balanced enforcement tackling risk and danger, alongside education on the rules of the roads, can help make London’s busy streets a safer environment for everybody. I hope this recent activity reassures London that road safety is of paramount importance to us, and continue to ask that all road users – cyclists and motorists alike – are responsible and considerate.”

The Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, said: “This operation has been hugely valuable – exposing and deterring significant levels of law-breaking and dangerous road use by all groups, and almost certainly saving life and limb. In the last eight weeks we have not seen one cyclist killed on London’s roads and dangerous behaviour has clearly dropped. We want to build on this operation, in tandem with our improvements to infrastructure, and ensure that we continue to see better behaviour from everyone on London’s roads.”

For road safety advice, see http://beta.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/safety/road-safety-advice and watch our Exchanging Places video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7mJR64tvs&feature=youtu.be

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