Police take safety message to streets

POLICE were out in force on the roads today spreading the message that blue lights and flashing sirens mean pull over now.Officers from Suffolk police's Road Policing Unit, were talking to motorists in a bid to cut down on accidents caused when people don't know how to react to emergency vehicles.

POLICE were out in force on the roads today spreading the message that blue lights and flashing sirens mean pull over now.

Officers from Suffolk police's Road Policing Unit, were talking to motorists in a bid to cut down on accidents caused when people don't know how to react to emergency vehicles.

Pc Jerry Abigail, from the road police unit, said that too often drivers are not aware of the proper procedures which can delay their response and lead to accidents.

He said: “Road Police Unit officers patrol and attend any kind of incident anywhere in the area and I find that sometimes it is amazing that with the modern technology, equipment and blue lights, people still aren't always pulling over.


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“Often it is because they just are not concentrating and aren't aware of what is going on around them. We want to make sure people know that when they see flashing lights they should pull over at the earliest opportunity - move over to the nearside and allow the vehicle to pass.

“It is also very important to be aware that although they can only see one emergency vehicle others may be following at high speed.”

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The campaign is part of Suffolk Police's crackdown on dangerous motoring, focusing on drink and drug driving, people who use mobile phones at the wheel and those who drive without seatbelts.

Pc Abigail said: “Basically we want people to remember to look, be aware, slow down, pay attention and drive according to the conditions.

“You can see in the papers that deaths on our roads are almost a daily occurrence, anything we can do to cut that is working.”

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