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  1. Police devastated by loss of special colleague Samantha Derbyshire in horror M61 motorway crash A Greater Manchester Police Special Constable with a bright future in the force was tragically killed in a horror motorway smash. SC Samantha Derbyshire was hit by a HGV on the M61 in the early hours of Monday morning after getting out of her car to check for damage following a collision with the central reservation. The 23-year-old from Bolton was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place at around 3.30am near junction 5 for Westhoughton. Tragically, she will never get the chance of living her dream of becoming a police officer, having passed entry tests. It is believed the Ford Fiesta SC Derbyshire was driving was stuck after hitting the barrier and couldn’t be moved. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/samantha-derbyshire-death-tributes-m61-11566954
  2. A driver-less police car has been found overturned in a residential area after eye-witnesses claimed it was being chased by a frantic officer. Residents were perplexed to see a police car on its roof outside a house in Barnsley, following a road traffic collision at around 1pm today (Mon). An eye-witness said he saw an "empty police car" travelling down the hill which connected with a lamp post and flipped over - being chased down the street by a policeman moments later. It is believed the handbrake had snapped or was not put on properly - and other police vehicles attended the incident and later installed a cordon. Describing the incident, a man in his 30's who lives on the street, said: "Moments after it crashed into the post - I saw a police officer frantically running after it. "He looked really shocked. The car didn't have a driver in and no one was hurt - but it could have been much worse." It is thought the vehicle had rolled down the gradient and collided with the curb and telegraph pole which made it flip onto its roof. Last updated Mon 9 May 2016 <img alt="The car was found in a residential area. Witnesses claim a frantic officer was chasing it." src="http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/975853/article_update_img.jpg" /> The car was found in a residential area. Witnesses claim a frantic officer was chasing it. Credit: ITV Yorkshire Source: http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2016-05-09/driver-less-police-car-found-overturned-in-barnsley/ Further article with more pictures here:- http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/update-overturned-police-car-was-empty-at-time-of-crash-1-7901106
  3. I assume that the Lancashire officers are familiar with the case of Andrew Blades, one of your officers who has lost his job following a manoeuvre with a vehicle that resulted in a minor damage only collision according to news reports. If not, see here:- https://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/150876-mp-slams-scandal-of-special-convicted-of-dangerous-driving/#entry2683796 I see the media is reporting that his case is being raised at various levels of government, including with the Director of Public Prosecutions. My question is, do you know of anything being done to help him and challenge the madness that has happened regarding this offence?
  4. So, having just seen a couple of recent news articles about PolCols:- TSG van in Southwark:- http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/police-investigate-how-van-on-999-call-catapulted-over-car-in-bermondsey-9212653.html (Thread for discussion on this incident: http://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/144713-bbc-police-riot-van-high-speed-crash/#entry2600054) Barnet Station van:- http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=10028&headline=Police%20van%20%27smashed%20to%20pieces%20and%20flipped%20over%27%20in%20Totteridge%20Lane In addition, I reported one for a colleague a few days ago (that really should not have happened if the skill and standard was at a good level and proper attention was being paid) and I've heard a few come out over the radio in the past few weeks. This has just made me think about standards of driving in the police - and perhaps the other emergency services too. * Do you think that emergency services take more risks that they should? * Do you think that the standards of driving are high enough and monitored properly? * Or, perhaps you think it's just unfortunate that circumstances lead to collisions? * Do our basic drivers drive beyond their limits / skill level too often? I recognise the fact that we are under pressure to get to incidents within charter times, but more importantly for me than a target, is that people are at risk, in fear, in danger and so on. Interestingly, it also seems that local authorities in London are also giving out more tickets to emergency vehicles for doing things such as using bus lanes, parking in particular places and so on. So, it's not as if we're driving in a supportive environment either. Just wondered what other peoples thoughts are on the issue?
  5. Driving without due care Apologies if the following is going to sound silly but just wondering if anyone can offer some advice. I am conducting a voluntary attendance interview on Saturday in relation to an RTC a few weeks ago. To give you a quick idea vehicle 1 was travelling along the main road when at a staggered T junction (no requirement for vehicle 1 to give way or stop) Vehicle 2 stopped at the give way line and then pulled out in front of vehicle 1 causing the accident( according to witnesses). All drivers are ok just minor injuries both cars are right offs. I am interviewing driver of vehicle 2 and while I have been in the job for a few years I have never done any form of traffic related interview and embarrassingly my knowledge of traffic law is shocking. I understand that my point to prove in interview is that the drivers driving fell below what would be expected of a careful and competent driver. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience to offer from doing these interviews of how they covered the above point or questions they have asked.
  6. TallGuy

    A POLAC?

    If the defintion of a POLAC is something along the lines of "a police vehicle being within visible sight of a RTC at the point the RTC begins" then which of the following are treated as a POLAC. 1) Police vehicle is parked across entrance of side turning blue lights flashing. MOPs vehicle on main road is following too close behind a HGV and intends to turn left into road which is now closed. MOP starts to turn, sees police vehicle brakes hard and collides with lamppost. 2) Same as 1 but instead of police vehicle there is just a Police ROAD CLOSED sign. 3) Standing by the Road Closed sign is a constable in full hi-viz. 4) Unattended police vehicle parked in layby. Cyclist passing by police vehicle is overtaken by car which collised with oncoming car. 5) Same as 4 bu officer in police vehicle. 6) Police vehicle left in carriageway outside a house blues and rear reds flashing. Officers dealing with burglary in progress. MOPs car overtakes, hits pothole and damages wheel. 7) Officers on foot chasing offender. Offender runs into carriageway and is struck by car. 8) As 7 but offerder has alluded officers and out of sight runs into road and is struck by a car.
  7. Image at the link, looks quite serious.
  8. So, I seem to be in the mood for traffic scenarios this month! Another one for you to consider….. You’re on foot patrol with a new officer – they’ve only done a few shifts so far (still single digits) and are obviously quite some way off being independent patrol. You know they can work well with supervision, but they are still learning the basics and they need guidance from you, an experienced officer, to build their knowledge and to make sure everything is done correctly. You are asked to attend an I grade PI RTC – pedestrian vs bus. It’s Saturday afternoon and the road is a busy trunk road heading in/out of the centre of town. You’re told the accident happened outside a specific shop, but as you’re walking towards said shop, you can see traffic flowing normally all the way down the road apart from the usual parked cars and buses using the bus stops, so there is nothing to indicate an RTC from traffic flow. There is also no bus stopped outside the shop, no sign of any crowds or even an injured person and the pedestrian footfall is light. As you walk up the road towards where the incident happened, something isn’t right and you are thinking… ‘where is this accident?’ ‘is this a hoax?’ 'am I in the right place?' At the junction prior to the shop, as you are crossing, you see an ambulance parked up further down the side road. Instinct tells you to head over there and you ask the ambo if this is the bus vs. pedestrian and they confirm it is. You ask where the bus is, they doesn’t know. They invite you to get on board the ambulance, where the injured party is. The injured male says the accident happened out the front, on the main road, but the bus isn’t there anymore (and you know it isn’t there because you’ve seen the road is clear of buses except those at the bus stop further down). His wife doesn’t know anything as she was in the shop at the time of the accident. Apparently husband came back in and didn’t want any attention, but he’s banged up pretty well. The ambo’s are getting increasingly concerned about his condition and are talking about taking him to the major trauma centre instead of the local A&E. You realise this could be serious. They say they need to leave now and offer you the opportunity to go with them. What would you do? And would you stay with the inexperienced colleague or spilt up? How would your actions differ if you arrived on scene as a single patrol officer?
  9. You are called to an S grade RTC at approx 8pm on a mid-week evening. You arrive about 55 minutes after the call came out, just meeting the 1 hour charter time. It is a dark wet winter's evening, but you're in a quiet part of the centre of town and the street lighting and is good. A motorcyclist has fallen off when turning a 90 degree corner. There is no visible damage to the motorbike, which is now parked safely at the edge of the road – well, until 8am tomorrow morning when he’s going to get a ticket if some nice parking warden comes across it! PNC checks on the motorbike are satisfactory. It is registered to an address some twenty minutes or so drive away, just outside the edge of your ground. The ambulance service are the only people there when you arrive. They report to you what witnesses have told them – there is no CCTV coverage. Witnesses reported that the motorcyclist lost control when coming round the corner. No other vehicle was seen to be involved. The rider was bleeding and stumbling around after the accident. He refused help from the witnesses, who called 999. They helped him move the bike to a safe place and then he walked off round the corner to the right, then went up the road and turned left. Some 5 – 10 minutes away, in a similar direction there is a well-known major hospital with an A&E Department. What do you do? If you think you should try and track down the motorcyclist, at what point would you stop?
  10. funkywingnut

    Highways Agency

    Just a quick query for any Highways Agency people on here. (I know there are a couple) The HATO's we see on the motorway and major arterial roads normally drive Discoveries etc and are in a distinguishable uniform. Is there any difference between these and the fellas who turn up from the Highways Agency at RTI's and close off roads? (apart from them looking like a builder and driving 7.5t lorries) Is there a different type of training etc are they classed as HATO's or something else? Thanks
  11. Couldn't find a topic already running on this.
  12. tankeelad

    Refusing details after RTC

    Hi, this is the first time I've started a new topic - I've tried searching the forums for something similar, but came up blank, so I apologise in advance if there is a duplicate thread which I've managed to miss... Anyhow - my scenario is as follows: You are off duty, driving in your own car, when you are involved in a minor RTC with another moving vehicle. Let's assume for the sakes of argument that it appears to you that the other driver was at fault. You both stop, and there is substantial damage to your car, but nobody is injured. You ask the other driver for his/her name and address, but they tell you where to go, and head back towards their car, presumably to drive off. Their vehicle has numberplates, so you have the index, but nothing else. What would you do in this scenario? Would your reaction be different if there was an injury involved? My gut feeling would be to let them go, record the index, and report the RTC both to your insurance company (as usual, in the case of an RTC) and the Police (due to the other driver's refusal to give details). I'm also not 100% clear on whether the other driver would be committing an offence by refusing details - section 170(2) of the RTA states that the "The driver of the mechanically propelled vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle." On the face of it, this would seem to imply that the other driver has committed an offence. However, section 170(3) of the RTA states that "If for any reason the driver of the mechanically propelled vehicle does not give his name and address under subsection (2) above, he must report the accident." This would seem to give the driver an "out" for failing to comply with section (2). Does this mean that no offence is committed (even if the driver refused details at the roadside) until 24 hours have elapsed and the driver has failed to report the accident to the Police (as per section 6(b) of the RTA))? What are your thoughts?
  13. Administrative Account

    Don't poke me, I'm driving!

    I've just come across these PDF's produced by IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) showing the effects of mobile phone, and particularly smart phone, usage whilst driving. There are some interesting comparisons to drink/drug driving in the documents, too. The summary is here: http://www.iam.org.u...udy-booklet.pdf The full research is here: http://www.iam.org.u...R592_secure.pdf