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Targeting the Fatal Five in Torquay

Fatal Five Torquay BIKE Owen Jones July 2019.JPG

Alliance Roads Policing and Armed Response Vehicle crews working together

Last week D Section of the Alliance Roads Policing team worked alongside Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) crews for a day, from 9am to 3pm, to target Fatal Five driving offences in Torquay.

These driving behaviours are the ones most likely to contribute to fatalities of serious injuries on our roads: excessive or inappropriate speed, not wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving such as using a mobile device handheld while driving, carless of inconsiderate driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sgt Owen Jones of the Alliance Roads Policing team said: “We conducted stop checks of well in excess of 100 vehicles. Officers seized five vehicles under Sec165a of the Road Traffic Act for no insurance and/or no driving licence, 11 drivers were reported for no insurance or driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and five were given verbal warnings for other minor traffic offences.

“At the end of the day officers had a fail to stop with a motorcycle, the bike was located and seized under S165 for using the vehicle without insurance, the rider and pillion passenger were detained by officers.”

ARVs can often be seen assisting with roads policing operations and are often first on the scene of road traffic collisions and provide invaluable assistance until roads poling and collision investigation officers, and other emergency responders  such as the fire and ambulance services arrive at the scene.

It’s important to remember that when  you see an armed response vehicle or an authorised firearms officer (AFO) at the scene of a collision, or other policing incident, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an armed response is required, but that they were the first to be able to respond.

Between roads policing officers and AFO’s, a total of eight marked and unmarked police vehicles were used for the operation.

You can follow the daily activity of both teams on Twitter:

Alliance Roads Policing (Alliance RPT) - @RoadPolAlliance

Alliance Armed Response Vehicles (Alliance ARV) - @AllianceArv


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