The day police surrounded Dereham: 104 vehicles stopped, defects in two school coaches, four child seats badly fitted

Police in Dereham launched the 'Road Safety 1st' initiative. Pictured in the town is PC Chris Bradley. Picture: Ian Burt Police in Dereham launched the 'Road Safety 1st' initiative. Pictured in the town is PC Chris Bradley. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
2:26 PM

Police who surrounded Dereham in a one-day blitz on road safety issues last week stopped more than 100 vehicles and found defects in two school coaches.

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Town councillors last night welcomed the decision to hold Norfolk’s first Road Safety First day in Dereham, and urged police and the county council to repeat the exercise in other parts of the county as well as returning to the town.

The initiative took place on Wednesday October 3, and also saw officers educate 870 school children about issues ranging from holding parent’s hands to preparing to drive.

Norfolk County Council’s casualty reduction team manager Iain Temperton told Dereham town councillors about the event, and asked them whether it was worth repeating.

He said: “What was brilliant for me was there were Dereham schools we were finding it very hard to get into to deliver a road safety message. Having run this day we are now into every school in the town, which is useful.”

He said 104 vehicles were stopped for concerns about speeding, seat belts, mobile phones and MOT, while headteachers welcomed a crack down on problem parking by parents near schools.

Checks on 25 child seats in cars at Morrisons found that four were significantly badly fitted

15 comments

  • The original article of this caught my eye after witnessing some appalling riding on the part of 2 Police motorcyclists today, then, lo and behold, one of them was the same officer pictured in the article! More annoying given their role on the day and the message they try to put across being blatantly diregarded by themselves.

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    Trevor Fox

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • They might educate the parents of toddlers in using harness and reins when walking beside busy roads. If it was good enough for Charles, Anne and my generation in general and for my kids, why not now? The alternative is wrenching a kid's arm nearly out of its socket while holding its hand or letting it be in danger of dashing into traffic. At some point this very sensible safety measure which allows a child to walk with normal posture and still be safe, seems to have become unfashionable and abandoned. Could it be because new buggies all have integral safety straps?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Perhaps Locallad could describe just how "the police" could possibly stop"manufacturers producing motor cycles that can travel at more than twice the legal speed limit" Fortunately, "the police" don't make the law in the UK, they only enforce it-when they choose to and when it suits their purpose of course. But, I don't hear many calls to stop car makers manufacturing cars that recklessly pull out of tee junctions and kill, injure and maim innocent motorcyclists though.

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    Francis Barnett

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • I meant to put that I saw them the same day of their campaign - obviously not abiding by their own advice !

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    Trevor Fox

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • If NCC were really interested in road safety they would be busy reviewing the design of the NDR to get rid of all those dangerous roundabouts and replace them with proper flyover type junctions.

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    john smith

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Perhaps in the interest in road safety the police will stop manufacturers producing motor cycles that can travel at more than twice the legal speed limit in this country. Then, perhaps, I will not have to read each week of the deaths and serious injuries to those riders.

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • I assume, Locallad, that in the name of fairness, you would also limit all cars and other vehicles so that they are unable to exceed the speed limit. There speaks a man who doesn't know the thrill of riding a motorcycle (at any speed).

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    crunchy dick

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Lord Elf. Yes I accept that many of the motorcycle accidents are caused by CARS. In fact if is over 50% that still leaves a lot of accidents that are not caused by cars. Unfortunately, in many cases whoever causes the accident, it still does not leave the rider any less dead. I have lost too many friends on motorcycles.

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    Locallad

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Locallad. Over 50% of all bike accidents are caused by CARS. Speed is not the big issue. Driver inattention IS.

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    Lord Elf

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Locallad, i think you would find that most motorbike riders are killed or injured by those of you driving around in tin boxes. You would also find that even the smallest engine cars on the roads these days are more than capable of driving over motorway speed limits. (maybe we should ban all cars as well,) or get a man to walk in front with a flag,oh no maybe not as that's been done before. Speed does not kill, hitting something does!!!

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    ggj666

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • The original article of this caught my eye after witnessing some appalling riding on the part of 2 Police motorcyclists today, then, lo and behold, one of them was the same officer pictured in the article! More annoying given their role on the day and the message they try to put across being blatantly diregarded by themselves.

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    Trevor Fox

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Blitzed Dereham and stopped 100 motorists in one day, hardly a high proportion considering the number the go through Dereham on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the burglers and other criminals had free rein throughout Norfolk for the day

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • I meant to put that I saw them the same day of their campaign - obviously not abiding by their own advice !

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    Trevor Fox

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Doesn't say how many were fined or charged...Was this a nice sensitive 'reminder' style campaign?

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    Robert Coyle

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • @david106. If motorists want to openly flout the law then they deserve to be fined or imprisoned. For most people being on the road is the most dangerous thing they do in their lives. People who drive or ride with no consideration for others safety should be permantly banned from the road.

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    Johhny Reggae

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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