The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Transport for London (TfL) have dealt with almost 5,000 offences in a two-week enforcement period named Operation Vision Zero.
It is part of the Vision Zero commitment that is attempting to eradicate all deaths and serious injuries off the streets of London by 2041.
In the Operation Vision Zero two-week enforcement period, the MPS cracked down on dangerous and careless behaviour that increases the chance of collisions, injuries and even worse on the roads in London.
TfL prefers to use the word ‘collisions’ instead of ‘accidents’, because the mindset has to be that all incidents that endanger motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, are avoidable.
The findings during Operation Vision Zero back up this line of thinking; in the two weeks, 4,758 were dealt with by on-street officers alone, which is at least 800 higher than an average two-week period of 2016.
Offences included speeding, mobile phone usage, no insurance, drink or drug driving, as well as mechanical defects.
Officers stopped more than 500 drivers for using their mobiles; 654 were caught speeding; 559 driving without insurance; 1,394 for mechanical defects; 176 arrested for drink, drug, dangerous and disqualified driving; and more than 500 cycling offences such as red light jumping were recorded.
It illustrates that much more work needs to be done if the Vision Zero plans are to be realised, but the work between the police service and TfL will deliver improvements in speed enforcement, target dangerous drivers who put road users at risk – all of which will ultimately bring down the number of injuries and deaths.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Every single death or serious injury results in heartache and tragedy for those affected, and their loved ones.
“We’re investing record amounts in making London’s roads safer, but enforcement action is also a key part of our plans – cracking down on illegal and dangerous behaviour that puts the lives of Londoners at risk.”