Operation Safeway: Over 2,000 drivers and cyclists fined in three days of road safety crackdown

Police have fined more than 2,100 drivers and cyclists in the first three days of a major campaign to make London’s roads safer.

Nearly 1,400 car and lorry drivers were slapped with penalties for offences including talking on the phone while driving and jumping red lights.

And 755 cyclists were also fined for going through red lights, riding on pavements and cycling with the wrong lights – or even no lights.

Another 28 people were arrested for a range of crimes including assault, bike theft and drugs and immigration offences.

Operation Safeway was launched by the Met on Monday after six cyclists died on the capital’s roads in just a fortnight earlier this month.

The operation, which started on Monday, will see 2,500 officers monitoring 166 junctions and will run until Christmas.

Superintendent Rob Revill said: “Our aim is to reduce the appalling number of people who die or are injured on London’s roads each year.

“Every road death is a needless tragedy that wreaks devastation for the victim’s friends and family. Every serious injury is life-changing and distressing.

 

source:mirror

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