Police set up checkpoint at Northampton park to monitor summer holidays speed and illegal phone use

Visitors to a Northampton park were given road safety messages thanks to a joint project between police, and firefighters.

Friday, 28th July 2017, 6:06 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:03 pm
The checkpoint was set up at Abington Park Crescent on Thursday

The Safer Roads Team (SRT) hosted the engagement event at Abington Park to highlight holiday safety messages, including road safety near parks during the summer holiday period.

Sara Postlethwaite, of the safer roads team, said: “It was a very positive event and we enjoyed meeting members of Northamptonshire’s diverse community. The children were definitely drawn to the fire engine and police car, which gave us the chance to talk to them and their families to share all sorts of safety messages, not just road safety.

“Working together in this way shows we’re all working towards the same goals of keeping people safe and helping reducing collisions and injuries on Northamptonshire’s roads.”

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As part of the event a vehicle checkpoint was set up in Abington Park Crescent to monitor traffic speeds, as well as watch for any illegal mobile phone use by drivers and seatbelt offences. Checks were also carried out on vehicles’ tyres, MOT and insurance details.

Ms Postlethwaite said: “The key thing about this kind of exercise is the engagement opportunity it gives us to talk to drivers about making better, safer choices on the roads.”

Top road safety tips for drivers from Northamptonshire Police

- Don’t use your mobile phone while driving. This offence now carries a six-point penalty and £200 fine, so put your phone on silent, and keep it out of sight and out of reach when behind the wheel

- Reduce in-car distractions and stay focussed on the road. Consider turning music down, avoid using hands-free phone kits, and remind passengers to play their part

- Never drive under the influence of drink or drugs. Book taxis to take you home after a night out, and don’t drive the next day until you’re sure you’re alcohol free

- Abide by the speed limit. Streetlights mean 30mph unless otherwise signed

- Ensure you and all passengers always wear seatbelts, and wear them as they are designed to be used. Children must use the correct child restraint until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever they reach first

- Drive according to the conditions. Bad weather affects visibility, road surface conditions and vehicle handling, so slow down to give yourself more time to react

- Make monthly checks on your tyres (air pressure, condition and tread depth)