Student officers out to keep county’s roads safe

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Student police officers took part in traffic patrols across Lincolnshire recently as part of their training to become police officers.

Cohort 20, which consists of 30 officers, were tasked with identifying traffic offences in Lincoln, Skegness, Spalding, Crowland, Boston and Grantham, and taking action where offences were serious.

The force remains committed to tackling the most common causes of fatal collisions also known as the ‘Fatal 4’ – speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving.

In total the students reported 45 motorists for either using a mobile phone at the wheel or for speeding.

Motorists were also stopped if there was a fault with their vehicle such as a faulty light or if a licence plate was not visible.

Four vehicles were seized for having no insurance and one person was arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drugs, and later released on bail.

Student officers in action.

Assistant Chief Officer Andrew White said:

“This is a really important part of the training we give to student officers, giving them the experience of using mobile data terminals, speed guns, breathalysers and drug wiping kits. We don’t want to have to take action against any motorist but we do prosecute people that commit offences to help keep law-abiding motorists safe.

“The number of people we found to be either speeding or using a mobile is disappointing – this is seriously putting lives at risk. Our traffic officers have to attend some truly terrible scenes so please drive responsibly to avoid becoming involved in the next one.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones added:

“Put simply, dangerous driving habits lead to tragic accidents and can cost innocent parties their lives. I’m fully supportive of this work carried out by the student officers and my thanks go to them for reminding motorists what the possible consequences are for making a bad decision on the road. I hope this advice is taken on board to help keep everyone who shares the county’s roads, cycle lanes and footpaths safe.”