Focus on road safety for 'special weekend'

01 Jun 2016 10:19 AM

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Officers focus on road safety for 'special weekend'

This weekend (June 4/5) is National Specials Weekend and it is all about celebrating the contribution the Special Constabulary make to policing and serving their communities.

Over the two days operations are being ran by special constables all across the force area and in Newcastle and Gateshead officers are focusing on road safety.

Special Constables will be focusing on the four main causes of serious injury and death on the roads known as the 'fatal four'. They are:-

- Drink & Drug Driving

- Speeding

- Using a mobile phone while driving

- Not wearing a seat belt

By focusing on these key areas officers hope to raise awareness in road safety and help make the roads safer for everyone.

The operation will run between 2pm and 8pm on both days and officers will be based at key locations throughout both Newcastle and Gateshead where dangerous driving has been flagged up as a concern by local people.

They will be monitoring drivers, carrying out speed checks and also stopping and taking action against anyone found driving dangerously or committing offences.

Central Area Command Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: "Our Special Constables do an amazing job for the force, they are an extremely valuable resource for us and really make a difference out in our communities. National Specials Weekend is all about recognising the fantastic work they do and celebrating the contribution they make to policing here in the North East.

"We are delighted to be able to support our Special Constables here in Newcastle and Gateshead and are fully behind this weekend's fatal four operation. Road safety is of paramount importance to us and anything we can do to make the roads safer for our communities is a priority for us."

PC Dan McGarrie who co-ordinates the Special Constables in Central Area Command said: "This 'fatal four' operation was put together entirely by special constables and will be ran by special constables here in Newcastle and Gateshead.

"They chose to base their operation on road safety as it's such an important issue for the force and we want to do all we can to help save lives out on the roads.

"During the operation we will be taking action against anyone found speeding or driving dangerously and anyone stopped and found driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also expect to be arrested and put before the courts.

"We will also be focusing our attention on people driving and using mobile phones. This is extremely dangerous and it's an issue that people tell us is becoming a growing concern out on the roads.

"The operation will also be used as a chance to pass on road safety messages to the public and reinforce and remind people about the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

"People can expect to see lots of Special Constables throughout the Newcastle and Gateshead areas next weekend and I'm sure the operation will be a huge success."

Also as part of the operation Special Constables will be patrolling the Metro services across Newcastle and Gateshead.

They will be carrying out patrols at stations across the areas and traveling on the Metro trains assisting passengers and tackling anti-social behaviour on the system.

National Specials Weekend coincides with National Volunteers' Week which runs from June 1 to June 12 as part of the celebrations Northumbria Police and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner are hosting a Volunteers' Conference to recognise the work of the many volunteers who give up their own time to support policing and the work of the Commissioner.

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