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Statement from Chief Constable Nick Adderley on RAF Croughton meeting

Author: Northants Police Published: 19th January 2020 11:42

The Leader of South Northamptonshire Disctrict Council Councillor Ian McCord wtih a temporary sign near RAF Croughton last October.The Leader of South Northamptonshire Disctrict Council Councillor Ian McCord wtih a temporary sign near RAF Croughton last October.

Northamptonshire Police statement. Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said:

“Northamptonshire Police is aware of an incident yesterday evening (17th January 2020) on a road between Mixbury and Fulwell House where a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road was involved in a near-miss with another vehicle.

“We are working closely with Thames Valley Police who are the lead agency in regards to this incident and will do all we can to support their investigation.

“In the meantime, I do not underestimate how much of a concerning incident this was and how much worse it could have been, especially considering the circumstances in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn tragically died.

“This is also compounded by the fact that yesterday, myself and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold were made aware of another incident in Northampton in which a police vehicle was struck in early October by a vehicle also driving on the wrong side of the road. Thankfully there were no injuries.

“I want to be absolutely clear on the fact that these incidents just cannot keep happening. We know all too well in the case of young Harry, just how devastating they can be.

“Therefore, the PFCC and I have today requested an urgent meeting with the base commander at RAF Croughton to discuss safety on the roads around the base and I expect this meeting to take place next week.

“I will also be holding a command meeting on Monday morning to discuss these incidents in more detail with my senior officers.”

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Ray Paice
At 08:15 on 22nd January 2020, Ray Paice commented:
Why not get all US cars to have a dayglo arrow sticker on their speedos as a reminder to drive on the left.
peter k
At 12:20 on 22nd January 2020, peter k commented:
Some years ago I was part of the British Embassy in Washington and all staff, whether diplomatic or not, had to take a local US driving test. Surely the UK should have a reciprocal arrangement?
Ray Paice
At 16:49 on 22nd January 2020, Ray Paice commented:
I dont think I driving test would help it like we are hard wired to drive on one side of the road and you naturally drive that side automatically. If driving a left hand drive car on the left your not being reminded by the reversed controls we get when hiring a car in Europe.
I was recommended the arrow on the dash sticker when I first took my own car to France. It worked a treat for me when setting off in the morning on deserted country lanes.
peter k
At 11:57 on 24th January 2020, peter k commented:
Further to my comment above, a question that should be asked is whether all US staff at RAF establishments in the UK (Menwith Hill, etc) have diplomatic immunity? The why and the need should be addressed.

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