Posted: Tuesday 5th April 2016
Article for the Calverton Echo - April 2016:
It often comes as a surprise to people when I say parking problems remain one of the most talked about issues in local policing meetings. It’s easy to underestimate the impact of antisocial parking on community life unless you’re one of those unfortunate householders’ who has to put up with such challenges every day.
Imagine the frustration of having to negotiate pavement-parked cars on the daily school run, forcing your child into the road unnecessarily, or being unable to drive in and out of your business premises because the entrance has been blocked by cars? This for many rural residents is a daily occurrence and one that has a detrimental impact on wellbeing and quality of life as well as safety.
I think it’s quite right that local police devote time, when necessary, to these problems and it is something that we’re not afraid to take a harsh stance on. Pavements are not car parks and nuisance parking is a danger for everyone, especially the elderly and those with mobility problems or impaired sight.
In the Calverton area, inconsiderate or dangerous parking continues to threaten the safety of local people and is something that the local policing teams are keen to address. The Force works closely with local councils to increase road safety in our rural communities by targeting hotspot areas for speeding and dangerous parking issues. Our neighbourhood policing teams will issue on-the-spot fines to those who continue to put the public’s safety at risk by obstructive or dangerous parking.
Every time I speak to local residents, the topic of speeding motorists still comes up. I appreciate these concerns and, at risk of repeating myself, we remain keen to work with local residents to improve road safety in the village. Proactive work such as Speedwatch is an immediate deterrent – people instantly slow down when they see the yellow jacket – but the idea longer term is that it makes drivers think more seriously about their driving habits and will hopefully encourage them to take greater care in future. Nottinghamshire has a number of schemes underway including a road safety group in Ravenshead and it is something I would like to progress with residents.
Something we know for a fact is that driving at higher speeds means motorists have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them. This prolongs the time it takes for the car to stop and thus increasing the risk of a serious injury accident. We all need to be doing everything possible to drive this message home and community involvement is one way of achieving this.
So, let’s all try and show consideration for other road users, drive carefully and get home safely.
Police and Crime Commissioner