Met beefs up patrols at 'key junctions'
The Met Police is deploying around 2,500 traffic officers at key junctions on London's streets during peak times following the deaths of six cyclists over the last two weeks (BBC News).
Under Operation Safeway the Met will deploy officers at 166 key junctions to offer advice to anyone seen putting themselves or other road uses at risk, and issue fixed penalty notices to people breaking road traffic laws.
The number of police and locations will rise as the operation progresses until Christmas, when it would then be reviewed.
Superintendet Rob Revill from the Met Police said: "Our aim is to reduce the appalling number of people who die or are injured on London's roads each year.
"We welcome the recent debate around road safety but it is irrefutable that the Met and the public have a duty to ensure that we all take the very best care on the roads."
Last Monday (18 November), the Met carried out spot-checks on cyclists and HGVs in Vauxhall, south London. In four hours, the officers stopped 70 lorries and issued 15 fixed penalty notices for offences such as the vehicles not being fit for the road. They also stopped 100 cyclists, who were given safety advice.
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