Suffolk’s police boss has pledged to bring forward plans for an extra roads policing unit in the west of the county after four people died in a car crash in Worlington last week.
Tim Passmore, the county’s police and crime commissioner, says the extra unit was one of the reasons for increasing the council tax policing precept in response to issues on the A14 and A11 and to provide a greater presence on rural roads.
Following the crash in Worlington, which killed four people, he told the Bury Free Press he would be speaking to his chief constable to bring the plan forward and could take upto three months to implement.
Mr Passmore said: “I’m devastated to hear this news of yet more fatalities on Suffolk’s roads.
“I think it’s the worst accident there has been for many years and it’s a terrible situation for all involved.”
He stressed that while a cause of the incident has not yet been established, police and partner organisations need to keep ‘educating drivers that they are potentially in charge of a lethal weapon’.
Mr Passmore reiterated the ‘Fatal Four’ driving offences, which are speeding, seatbelt offences, mobile phone use as well as drug and alcohol use.
“Drivers have got to be responsible for their own conduct - drive properly and make sure you allow enough time.”
Mr Passmore said there had been 23 deaths on Suffolk’s roads this year. In 2014, there were 243 road casualties (killed and seriously injured) compared with 408 in 2004 - a decrease which he said was an ‘encouraging trend’.