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Aylesbury Police urge residents to be careful on the roads

As people start to return to driving Thames Valley Police are asking them to make sure they are safe.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:43pm 21st May 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Police urge residents to be careful on the roads

Aylesbury Vale residents are being asked to make sure they are safe on the roads.

Following the easing of lockdown measures many Aylesbury Vale residents will be returning to driving regularly after a few weeks break. 

Which means not only will the drivers have taken a break, so will the cars.

Superintendent for the area Michael Loebenberg is asking people to be careful when they get back behind the wheel:

"Its really important to us the public, before they start driving, make sure those cars are road worthy.

"That windscreen washer fluid is topped up, windows are clear and clean and wiper blades are in good condition. Ultimately, these are the factors that will put you more at risk of having a collision."

Motorcylcists are also being asked to limit travel and ensure they are confident on the road before making a journey. 

Thames Valley Police have launched 'Slow Down, Save Lives' a campaign to highlight speeding and the importance of speed limits. 

Sharing information including if a car collides with a pedestrian at 30mph they have an 80% chance of survival, however if it is at 40mph then the pedestrian has only a 10% chance of survival.

PC Liz Johnson, of the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said:

“Our focus on those who endanger lives on our roads is relentless through both enforcement and education with a National Speed Awareness course as an alternative to prosecution. This approach is aimed at improving knowledge and attitudes to influence better behaviour on the roads.

“It needs to be noted that the speed limit is a limit, not a target. There will be times when you have to drive much slower to stay in control. Drivers can become complacent about roads they are familiar with, causing them to be less alert to the road, and drive at a faster speed."

Superintendent Loebenberg says he understands speeding is a worry for local residents:

"I would always advocate for people to make a regular check for the speed limit. 

"We have got lots of villages and more vulnerable road networks in the Aylesbury Vale area, we have had a number of areas of concern raised with us by community members and stake holders. Certainly where appropriate we are working with our Roads Policing Team to look at deployments so there is a physical presence and where necessary enforcement if offences are taking place."

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