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Road deaths priority for new police chief

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Suzette Davenport in Coleford

Suzette Davenport in Coleford

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Cutting the number of deaths on Gloucestershire's roads is among the top priorities for the county's new police chief.

Suzette Davenport started work as Chief Constable yesterday and headed to the depths of the Forest of Dean today to meet officers and residents in Coleford.

Ms Davenport is the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead on roads policing and said the number of deaths on Gloucestershire's roads must be cut.

She also plans to head to areas worst hit by the floods and wants to look at new resilience measures the police can put into action for any future deluges.

She was appointed by the county's first Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl and said getting to grips with the new model of governance for the police was also important.

"I have been heartened by conversations I have had with Martin in terms of him understanding his governance role," she said.

"My job is to help support, with our partners, the delivery of his plans.

"We have had years and years of police authorities and those policies and structures are now gone.

"We need to renew that structure and governance without the bureacracy of the Police Authority."

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  • Matt1006  |  February 06 2013, 8:17AM

    Aletheia - exactly. And there are (in my opinion) far more drivers using mobiles whilst driving than there are drink-drivers. Which is exactly why the penalties need to be greatly increased, because the message isn't getting through. 3 points and a £60 fine is a risk worth taking for many, it appears. Yet statistically they are as dangerous as a drink-driver.

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  • Aletheia  |  February 06 2013, 12:33AM

    Here's a consideration. Drivers over the limit are more than 4 times more likely to be involved in a collision. Drivers using a hand held mobile are also more than 4 times more likely to be involved in a collision and fractionally more likely than a drink driver. The penalty upon 1st conviction for drink driving is a 12 month ban. Can anyone explain to me why mobile phone use attracts a 3 point fixed penalty ticket when these people are the more dangerous of the two???

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  • sticks_stones  |  February 05 2013, 10:39PM

    Oh yes, and 'pigs might fly'

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  • Matt1006  |  February 05 2013, 8:01PM

    She could also lead a campaign to see repeat-offending motorists dealt with more harshly, as for some the message simply isn't getting through. Particularly those who insist on having a mobile phone permanently in their hand whilst driving, but also those who drive whilst banned, and/or don't bother with insurance / road tax / valid MOT etc. All of the above issues are nationwide, not just local, but it's time the punishments were tightened up considerably, to get the numbers of dodgy drivers off the roads.

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