Police delighted by Operation Darwen Bank Holiday success
Updated 4:51pm Wednesday 28th May 2014 in News
The Bank Holiday weekend saw six separate minor road accidents in the Dyfed-Powys Police region, the Force has announced.
There were no serious accidents – and none at all involving motorcycles – as officers continued patrolling the main arterial routes, collision hotspots and holiday destinations as part of Operation Darwen – the Force initiative aimed at improving road safety.
Bank Holiday Monday’s fine weather ensured high motorcyclist numbers and general holiday traffic across the area – in contrast to Saturday and Sunday which saw very low rider numbers due to the rain.
Officers, supported by the dog section and the armed response team, provided a focused and highly-visible police presence at many of the region’s traffic hotspots.
Engagement took place with the motorcycling community at the West End and Owls Nest cafés on the A40 where bike riders were made aware of the recent spike in motorcycle casualties in Mid and West Wales.
Thanks to the police presence there were no serious collisions, no minor collisions involving motorcycles, and no reported calls of antisocial use of motorcycles or other forms of transport.
Chief Inspector Rose-Ann Lloyd said: “It is very pleasing to note that there were no serious or minor collisions involving motorcycles, or reports of antisocial motorcycling or driving over this Bank Holiday.
“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable, and the safety of our roads and the reduction in the number of casualties is a priority for us.
“Operation Darwen is part of a continuing programme to improve road safety for all in Dyfed-Powys, by engaging, educating and enforcing where necessary.”
Over the weekend enforcement activity included:
• Nine arrests for drink-driving.
• Three Traffic offence reports for bikes, 21 for cars.
• Two fixed penalty notices for bikes, 22 for cars.
• One bicycle RTC
• Five car RTCs.
• Seven cannabis warnings, one reported for summons for possession of cannabis.
• One person cautioned for possession of MDMA.
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