Officers and PCSOs promote safer driving in Thanet
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Officers in Thanet have been reminding motorists about the importance of driving responsibly.
From parents on the school run, to food delivery drivers, officers and PCSOs from the local Neighbourhood Task Force worked with partner agencies to drive the message home to as many people as possible that they had a part to play in keeping the roads safe.
The work was carried out during Road Safety Week, which ran from 16 to 22 November 2023 and Kent Police’s focus was on issues which had been reported by residents and businesses.
Working with Thanet District Council enforcement staff, officers attended a number of schools to carry out speed checks and take action against those committing parking offences. During the visits parents were spoken to and reminded about the highway code and parking regulations.
Speed checks were also carried out along roads including Fair Street and Fairfield Road in Broadstairs and the Palm Bay area in Margate. The roads had been flagged to local beat officers as concerns and the information helped to shape where the checks were done. Further speed checks will be carried out in the coming weeks and the areas are being monitored by local police.
A traffic operation was held during the evening of Saturday 18 November in Margate town centre, with assistance from the local beat officers as well as local authority enforcement officers and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Part of this operation was to advise food delivery drivers that there is no stopping or parking within the pedestrianised area of the High Street and Herbert Place at any time. The parking had been reported as causing congestion and could potentially stop emergency services from getting down those roads. During the evening four parking tickets were issued to vehicles found to be in the restricted area.
Inspector Jim Woodward of the Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘The work carried out during this week was just a small example of some of the actions officers will do all year round to keep Thanet safe. We work with partner agencies to problem-solve recurrent issues on the roads. Everyone has a part to play when it comes to traffic safety, whether it’s being aware of how your parking or speeding might impact on others using the road, or ensuring your own welfare through maintenance checks on your tyres, brakes and lights before you travel.
‘Any concerns about traffic issues that are reported to us help to shape where and when the enforcement work takes place so we encourage people to be proactive and report online or flag to their local officers during the regular Neighbourhood Engagement Meetings.’