In support of the Drive SMART initiative to make Surrey's roads safer, DutySheet and Redhill Aerodrome have jointly funded equipment for Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit. Officers within the team have each been issued with a USB memory stick which will enable them to access data to be used in their vehicles more effectively – and therefore spend more time out on the roads.
Footage captured by officers in the Roads Policing Unit can be used as evidence to support prosecutions and help bring offenders to justice. Just playing back the film to a driver at the side of the road can also help to educate them about the danger they have put themselves and others in.
The Drive SMART partnership between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council, which launched in September 2009, aims to reduce road casualties and tackle anti-social driving using the combined tools of education and enforcement.
Head of Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, Inspector Richard Mallett, said: "Anti-social driving, inconsiderate driving, speeding and many other offences are often highlighted as a priority issue for police to tackle by residents across the county. This kind of behaviour behind the wheel can have a very serious outcome – it is heart-breaking to see the impact on families when we have to tell them a loved one has been seriously injured or killed.
"I am very grateful to DutySheet and Redhill Aerodrome Ltd for their support in helping us to continue tackling the issue of inappropriate driving. Our roads policing officers are dedicated to being visible and working in their vehicles on the roads as much as possible and the new equipment will help them do just that.”
Bulent Yazici of DutySheet said: "As a company which provides IT solutions for police forces across the country for performance and duty management, we wanted to support this fantastic initiative which has continued to show great results since its launch. I have certainly noticed the difference on the roads and the service and dedication provided by Surrey Police in tackling anti-social driving has been outstanding.”
Phil Wright, of Redhill Aerodrome Ltd said: "We wanted to support the Roads Policing Unit in continuing to drive this initiative forward. By providing the computer equipment it will not only allow officers to reduce casualties, it will allow them to spend more time on the streets and less time back in the office. As far as I am concerned, one fatality is one too many so anything that can be done to make the roads safer can only be a good thing.”
The original news release can also be downloaded as a PDF or viewed on the Surrey Police website: