Six pulled over for motoring offences in Cheltenham during new operation set up by Gloucestershire Police
3:53pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
AN OPERATION in Cheltenham town centre aimed at promoting night-time road safety and tackling driving offences resulted in six people being caught for motoring offences.
More than 200 people met with officers and members of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership throughout Friday night when additional high visibility patrols were carried out by police officers who aimed to chat to those out socialising and remind them about personal safety and the risks of driving the morning after.
A fire crew from the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were also in the town centre to hand out bottled water and safety advice to pedestrians.
Officers were also targeting offences committed by those driving in the town which saw four drivers stopped for speeding in a 30mph area.
All four were travelling at between 40mph and 43mph.
One driver was stopped for parking on a pelican crossing and one vehicle pulled over as the front seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.
All six individuals were given the opportunity to complete a Road Safety Educational Package, designed by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, instead of receiving a fixed penalty notice.
The road safety operation was part of a two week long positive socialising campaign.
The initiative coincided with the start of the University term for Freshers and aimed at raising awareness of personal safety so that people can enjoy Cheltenham’s parks, streets, home life and nightlife without fear.
Speaking about the road safety element of the campaign Chief Inspector Gillett said: “The risk to your own personal safety increases dramatically if you’ve had a few to drink, including road safety as a pedestrian or passenger”
“Whilst we had this specific operation on Friday we want to remind the community that there are always people out in the town, such as our police officers, the street pastors and door staff who are there to help you. We’d encourage you to listen to them when they offer you advice.
“We want people to be and feel safe when out and about in Cheltenham, to enjoy all the town has to offer and to work with us to keep it a place they want to go out.”