“If the driver has a history of poor driving it could result in retraining and potentially saving a life” - what Pc Richardson told residents who alleged bad driving by a police officer

Gaul road junction, where bad driving by a police car has been alleged Gaul road junction, where bad driving by a police car has been alleged

Saturday, July 12, 2014
1:37 PM

A police officer says the public has every right to report poor driving – even if the offenders are behind the wheel of a police car.

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Pc Phil Richardson made the comment – later supported by his bosses at Cambs Police- following a discussion about police driving standards on a public Facebook page.

The discussion on the March Free Discussion Facebook page began after one resident claimed to have seen a police car pull out dangerously into a stream of busy traffic at a renowned dangerous junction.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “People can call 101 if they have any concerns regarding any officer’s conduct whether it is in a car or on patrol.”

The resident said he saw a Renault Trafic pull out of Gaul Road and onto the bypass heading towards the flyover.

He said the vehicle caused Wimblington-bound traffic to brake by coming out in such a hurry, struggled to turn the 90 degrees and remain in proper control.

“Had this have been a member of the public then you would have screamed due care and attention as your biro got red hot writing the ticket out,” he said

“This is a notorious junction for accidents, surely to God, as a policeman you should know better?”

PC Richardson replied: “Call it in on 101 and the driver will be dealt with. Alternatively pop in to the station to complain.

“If you want the opportunity to put your concerns over, if the driver has a history of poor driving it could result in retraining and potentially saving a life.”

The discussion ties in with a campaign by March police to clamp down on speeding.

The issue was made a priority at the March Neighbourhood Forum.

PCSO Rachael Cheverton said: “Fenland District Council will lead on concerns regarding dog fouling and speeding will be tackled by PCSOs with the help of community members using Speedwatch and police officers by enforcement.”

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