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All this week the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) are urging all roads users to spare a thought for each other this Christmas and look out for each other on London's roads. The week long (15-19 December) Operation Safeway will see officers stationed at key junctions across the Capital to help educate all road users and enforce where necessary.
With the festive season well underway people often get caught up in the rush of Christmas shopping and socialising, and neglect to think about their own and other road user's safety when travelling on London’s roads. Officers will act as a reminder to the public to think about how their actions on London's roads may affect other users.
This operation will run alongside the national anti-drink and drug driving campaign throughout December, which involves officers from across the MPS driving enforcement by carrying out round the clock breath tests and targeting drivers who are over the limit the morning after a night of heavy drinking.
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Christmas is a busy time of year and we are often distracted by the hustle and bustle of the Capital and forget to take our own and other people's safety into consideration when travelling around, especially on the roads.
“By having officers at key junctions they can help to give out road safety advice and remind people to spare a thought for their own and others safety this Christmas."
Notes to Editor:
Operation Safeway was launched late last year in response to a series of tragic cyclist and pedestrian deaths on London’s roads. Officers are deployed at key junctions across the capital, enforcing road safety and giving advice to all road users during rush hours.
For road safety advice, see http://beta.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/safety/road-safety-advice and watch our Exchanging Places video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7mJR64tvs
To view the KSI statistics please visit: http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/pedal-cyclist-casualties-killed-and-seriously-injured