Friday, July 01, 2005

Police set to cool Summer road rogues

Reckless and irresponsible drivers will come under close police scrutiny this summer.

The Royal Gibraltar Police kicked off its annual Road Safety Campaign yesterday with a three-day educational programme aimed at making drivers and motorbike riders more aware of their driving habits.

During that time officers will be stopping drivers who commit traffic offences and offering them information and advice on what they have done wrong, and a warning not to do it again.

But as from next Monday through to mid September, the focus will be on strict enforcement of the rules. The RGP intends to clamp down on drivers who commit common - though often potentially deadly - traffic offences.

“The campaign is a two pronged approach aimed at creating a significant and sustained reduction in the irresponsible manner of driving on our roads that should lead to safer driving and a reduction in road traffic accidents,” the RGP said in a statement.

“Whilst the focus of the operation is on awareness and enforcement, there may be instances in which officers may exercise their discretion and offer advice on specific issues rather than report for process.”

During the campaign, officers will target offences including speeding; dangerous or careless driving; traffic light violations; motorcycles overtaking on the wrong side; not wearing seatbelts; improperly secured crash helmets; failing to stop for pedestrians at crossings; and drink driving.

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