A road safety operation has been taking place along the A66 in Cumbria, a road known locally for being the scene of various accidents in the last year. Since October 2013 two people have lost their lives on the road, with a further 10 sustaining serious injuries. A total of 114 accidents took place in the last year on that road alone.
This led police to launch Operation Natterjack, designed to identify and catch drivers who were not driving in a safe manner, therefore putting other road users at potential risk (not to mention the drivers themselves).
The unit responsible for launching the operation used a large goods vehicle for the duration of the process, one which was not marked as belonging to the police. A total of 152 motorists were seen to break a law of some kind, with 90 of these using mobile phones. Others were seen to overtake another car while driving over solid white lines. These are painted onto the roads to indicate where it is unsafe to pass.
The safety cameras also in operation during the period caught 183 cars alone that were exceeding the speed limit on the road. This was in addition to 60 larger vehicles caught doing the same thing.
How dangerous are the roads in Cumbria?
This is a part of the country known for its beautiful scenery. There are mountains, hills, winding roads and many other features that are common to Cumbria. However this also means there are steep roads, sharp corners and many other challenges to be aware of.
The road safety operation mentioned above has meant many drivers have been caught who were seen to be driving in a potentially dangerous manner. The roads themselves are not dangerous but proper driving is essential in order to reduce accidents.
Have you been involved in a collision on Cumbrian roads?
Accidents here can be severe, as we have already seen. If you’ve been unlucky enough to experience this first-hand, the team at Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you.
Call us now by using our free 24/7 enquiry line to see whether you might be in a good position to potentially claim compensation. Our no win, no fee* process means you will be supported throughout the process. It all starts with one phone call, so why not try calling us now to see what happens next?