Crackdown on bad driving

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


A CRACKDOWN on bad driving to cut the numbers of people killed and injured on Isle of Wight roads has been taking place this morning (Tuesday).

A police spokeswoman said they were targeting drivers who used mobile phones at the wheel, drink-drivers, speeding motorists and those not wearing seatbelts.

Dubbed a ring-of-steel, the operation has brought together teams from police, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Vehicle and Operator Standards Agency (VOSA) and Isle of Wight Council to stop and check vehicles.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight District Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said:  "This type of police activity is a routine tactic to disrupt and deter motorists who are breaking the law, putting lives at risk and committing other crimes.

"We’re mindful that such action can disrupt people’s journeys. It is not our intention to delay law-abiding motorists unduly. I’d like to thank any members of the public, who come into contact with today’s operation, for their co-operation and support.

"A crucial aspect of this operation is encouraging people to respect each other’s journeys. By taking responsibility for your own safety and your duty to the safety of other road users, we can significantly reduce fatal or serious injury collisions on the Isle of Wight.

"Sadly there are people out there who don’t take this duty of care seriously and these are the offenders we are determined to stop so the public is protected from harm on the roads.

He added:  "Police are grateful for the support of partner agencies during this operation. All forms of criminal use the roads, and our experience tells us that signs of one road traffic offence can lead to more serious crimes being uncovered or prevented."

As part of the operation the Isle of Wight Council’s Benefit Fraud Team will make checks on individuals who claim both DWP Benefit and Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

A spokeswoman said: "This operation is the first time this has been undertaken for a number of years and it highlights that the local authority is committed to combating Benefit Fraud."

Anyone with information about motorists breaking the law can contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.

Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

If you suspect someone of Benefit Fraud please call the hotline number on 01983 823969.


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by Rachel Duncan

1st December 2012, at 02:28:49

15 out of 25 benefit claimants are suspected of benefit fraud? This is an extremely high percentage to be accused of benefit fraud and bucks the national trend of less than 3% of claimants committing fraud. Quite frankly, it beggars belief. I don't think people on the Isle of Wight are any more dishonest than those on the mainland, indeed they might well be more honest. So what is going on here? Should honest people going about their normal lawful business be worried if they are currently claiming any kind of benefit, that they can be stopped in the street and automatically suspected of benefit fraud? I'm not comfortable with this. Many extremely hard working people on low pay clam benefits (such as housing benefit) in order to make ends meet. In my opinion this is harassment and taking things a little too far. Arresting, charging and processing through the Courts people, who will eventually be found to be innocent, is expensive and an appalling waste of tax payers money.

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by Sarah Brown

30th November 2012, at 11:06:09

neil jacks - agreed!

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by Sarah Brown

30th November 2012, at 11:00:37

or catch the driver who overtook me and another driver in front who was doing 35mph in a 60mph road limit not only by a turning on the right but the brow of a hill whilst another car was coming on tuesday night
we ask, we complain, the police do nothing, sorry

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by Sarah Brown

30th November 2012, at 10:58:33

why don't you come down to the military road and blythe shute at 6am in the morning for the motorbikes that regularly break the speedlimit (apologies to motorcyclists who are responsible and abide by the rules) you would make a packet

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by neil jacks

28th November 2012, at 22:22:17

Maybe the worst roads in the UK. Why pay road tax at all?

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by phil cooper

28th November 2012, at 14:02:03

I read an article here recently that crime was "down". Surely all those examples of bad driving are illegal, and therefore to commit them is a crime?

Or am I missing something here? It looks like there is "proper" crime, likely arson and burglary, and there is "social" crime that the police suddenly discover, usually just before Christmas in the case of drink-driving.

I don't think I believe in statistics!!

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by James McAdder

28th November 2012, at 13:21:25

Regarding the locking of mobile devices when they are in motion:-

This is an unworkable idea for the following reasons:

1. The only way a mobile device can determine that it is moving is by using GPS or cell triangulation. Cell triangulation does not have a high enough resolution. GPS may not be available and is only switched on when needed because of its power requirements.

2. Users may often be moving in situations when it is perfectly safe, if, sometimes, socially inconsiderate, to use a device. As a passenger in a car, bus, train, ferry, etc. It can never be acceptable globally prevent an activity merely because it may annoy some people under some circumstances.

3. Any measures of this sort would be quite simple to defeat.

I'm not sure what Don Prescott's problem is with people texting on trains? How are these people a "menace" (and I have to ask how he knows what they are texting!!!).

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by Don Prescott

28th November 2012, at 08:36:05

Re forward movement.

I agree that it is not the only way to stop this behaviour, but it should be trialled.

Forget about drivers for a moment.

How many times are you walking along and nearly get struck into by some idiot who is too busy texting, probably some inane comment like "M in Regent st shopping" on their mobile?

And as far as trains are concerned, it is the same stupid comments "M jst comin in2 Rowlnd Castle - B in Wokin in 40mins".

It would not be an imposition 4 N e 1 2 have 2 stand still 2 tke or send a msg.

Just stop being a menace and a danger to others.
Not too much to ask is it?

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by Alan Bennett

27th November 2012, at 20:45:02

Also, what if you are a passenger in a car, or on a train? Motion banning is a loopy ill conceived idea

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by Richard Brown

27th November 2012, at 17:46:43

Having come literally within an inch of being hit by a car turning left off of a main road without signalling, I have noticed that, whilst nearly all drivers signal when turning right, failing to signal a left turn is fairly common. Why?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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