Caught on camera – drivers who put lives at risk

12.00 | 21 August 2013 | | 1 comment

Kier Services employees’ working on roads in East Sussex have been equipped with helmet-mounted cameras to capture footage of drivers who speed through roadworks, drive in an anti-social manner or abuse them.

Evidence captured by the cameras will be passed to Sussex Police as part of Operation Crackdown, a multi-agency scheme which allows the public to report errant drivers.

Signs are being displayed at road works being carried out by East Sussex Highways, a partnership between East Sussex County Council and Kier Services, warning drivers that they could be reported to the police.

Councillor Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead for transport and environment, said: “Our highways crews work in all weathers to keep the county’s roads in a good state of repair, and they are entitled to expect drivers to be mindful of their safety.

“The vast majority of motorists do respect the law, and our crews, by slowing down their speed and driving considerately through road works, but a small minority continue to put their own safety, and those of workers, at risk.

“We hope the warning signs, and the realisation that bad driving could be captured on camera and details passed to the police, will encourage the inconsiderate few to moderate their driving.”

Launched in 2007, Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative between Sussex Police, local councils and the fire service, which now receives more than 1,000 reports every month.The public can submit details of incidences of anti-social motoring such as speeding, driving while using a mobile phone and dangerous driving.

Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Sussex Police, said: “Operation Crackdown has been very successful in allowing motorists who endanger other road users to be warned about their conduct, and if appropriate, for further action to be taken.

“Highways crews are particularly vulnerable because of the nature of their work and it is important drivers reduce their speed and drive carefully where road works are being carried out.”


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    More of this is needed – hopefully it can be expanded into other areas. School Crossing Patrols have been using similar devices for a while. Hopefully the Police will take seriously any evidence gathered.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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