Cyclists and drivers encouraged to share the road

Jim Battle addresses officers at the Op Grimaldi briefing

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle joined Greater Manchester Police on it’s latest operation to improve road safety and encourage cyclists and motorists to share the road.

Police issued 147 fixed penalty notices as part of Operation Grimaldi, which took place over three days last week (18 – 20 November 2013) at hotspot areas on Deansgate, Trafford Street/Great Bridewater Street, Wilmslow Road/Platt Lane and Oxford Road. 

Police dealt with 125 cyclists for offences such as cycling on the footpath, cycling without lights and cycling through red lights. Offenders were given the option of paying a fine or attending a cycling awareness event.

Meanwhile 22 motorists were issued fixed penalty notices for driving while using a mobile phone, failure to comply with traffic signs or driving without a seatbelt.

One driver had their car seized for driving antisocially (section 59 police reform act warning). 

Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: “Like most people, I and the police want the roads to be safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. That’s what this operation is about – educating the handful of cyclists who flout the basic rules of the road and also targeting irresponsible drivers for offences, such as using a mobile phone. 

“We have a way to go before cyclists and drivers can share the roads in harmony.  The reality is we all have a responsibility to make our roads safer, whether on two wheels or four, and we all have to work together to achieve that.”

Inspector Paul Rowe from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Operation Grimaldi isn’t about trying to catch people out, it’s about highlighting the dangers and encouraging cyclists and motorists to share the road and put road safety first.

“While it might seem to some that we’re pulling people over for minor offences, we know only too well the devastating consequences that something as simple as cycling without lights or driving while using a mobile phone can have.

“No officer wants to be knocking on a door this Christmas to tell somebody their loved one has been killed and through Operation Grimaldi we remain absolutely committed to making the roads safer for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike.”

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