Investment into road safety delights Chief Inspector

John Heckels.
John Heckels.

Police have welcomed the Government’s announcement to invest in road safety in 2016.

The Department for Transport (DFT) is set to invest millions of pounds for research into driver education and give money to police forces to build drug-driving capabilities.

The proposals aim to ensure that learner drivers are properly prepared before their test, including the chance to gain motorway experience with an approved driving instructor.

It follows plans to introduce a deposit which is returned to the learner driver if they pass, encouraging them to take their test when they are ready.

Other measures to take priority in the Government’s plan for road safety include funding to train the next generation of cyclists and extra money for police forces to crackdown on drug-drivers.

Chief Inspector John Heckles, who oversees Operation Dragoon – which is Northumbria Police’s commitment to road safety – has welcomed the investment.

He said: “This is great news for road safety and as a Force we fully support what the DFT is trying to achieve.

“The measures that the DFT is planning on introducing enhances and builds on what we have already been doing here in the Northumbria Force area with Operation Dragoon, which is at the forefront of road-safety policing in this country.

“We are proud of the operation and the hard work on the roads will continue into 2016.”