New police team in Bury St Edmunds aims to cut road deaths

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore launching the new roads policing team - 
PCs John Shuard, Hylton Garrick, Dave Shaw and Paul Fletcher.
 Picture Mark Westley ANL-160903-132319009
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore launching the new roads policing team - PCs John Shuard, Hylton Garrick, Dave Shaw and Paul Fletcher. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160903-132319009

A new policing team has been launched in Bury St Edmunds in response to the growing number of road deaths in Suffolk.

The roads policing team, based at the town’s police station, comprises four uniformed officers and two marked police vehicles to cover the west of the county.

It follows 33 fatalities on Suffolk’s roads - 28 resulting from collisions - last year including a crash in Worlington in July which killed four people.

In 2014 there were 30 deaths - 29 from collisions - and so far this year there have been seven fatalities - all from collisions.

Launching the new unit, Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I sincerely hope this additional visible policing will help cut the numbers of people seriously injured or killed on our roads.

“Road safety is the responsibility of all of us, whether as a driver or a pedestrian.

“I would like to take this opportunity to ask every driver in the county to take extra care and drive carefully.”

He added: “Roads policing is a top priority for us here in Suffolk.

“While many police forces are cutting their traffic police, Suffolk is one of only two constabularies to invest in this area and I’m very proud of this.”

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, the new head of Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, said the new team will boost efforts to enforce and educate about the most common causes of death and injury in road collisions - drink and drug driving, use of mobile phones, speeding and not wearing seat belts.

It also allows them to ‘specifically target vulnerable routes’ and take on further initiatives and campaigns with Suffolk Road Safe partners.