Norfolk and Suffolk Police have launched an operation to improve road safety and reduce collisions as dark nights set in.
Collision rates tend to increase this time of year and police are warning drivers to be prepared for changing conditions as the clocks roll back on Sunday, October 31.
Operation Dark Nights will see officers conducting roadside checks throughout the next month with a focus on breaches relating to defects in lights, tires, windshields and washer fluid and anything else that may have an impact. impact on the technical inspection of a vehicle.
The aim is to educate drivers on the risks of driving with defective vehicles while punishing infractions where appropriate. The operation that starts today (Friday October 15) will take place in both departments for a month ending Monday November 15.
Crashes tend to increase in October and November, with driver error of not looking right the main contributing factor, along with loss of control and poor maneuvering.
Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, Joint Roads and Armed Police Team Leader, said: “We often see an increase in collisions at this time of year which may be due to a number of factors. including poor lighting, more adverse weather conditions, and people not used to driving in the dark.
“As part of this year’s campaign, officers will conduct roadside checks to ensure motorists are driving in the correct weather conditions and their vehicles can be driven safely.
“It is so important that as a driver you regularly check your vehicle to make sure it is roadworthy. For example, if you drive a car with a headlight off, you effectively halve your visibility and the chances of being seen are much lower.
“Please prepare for the winter months by checking that your lights and wipers are working, your tires have the correct tread depth, and your washer fluid is regularly refilled.
“As we say too often, you have to watch your speed and always keep a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Please take your time to monitor other road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians.
“Drivers who do not check the vehicle for faults pose a risk not only to themselves but to other road users. Those arrested face a fine and could face points on their license, most cases. serious cases leading to legal action.The police also have the power to prohibit the use of vehicles in poor condition on the side of the road.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Whether you are a pedestrian, a cyclist or a driver, we all need to be aware of the dangers that exist when the evenings darken earlier.
“I urge everyone to be a little more careful as the clocks move back and drivers to make sure your vehicle is suitable for winter conditions, making sure the lights and wipers are working and that you fill the windshield washer regularly. If we all try a little harder, we can continue to make our county’s roads safer for everyone.