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Chief Constable Paul Kennedy stunned by bikers death toll
A NEW senior police officer in North Yorkshire has said he is “stunned” by the number of deaths on the county’s roads.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy spoke out during a live webchat in which he took questions from the public and spoke of his hopes for the county’s future.
He said: “We have the lowest crime levels in England and we are determined to keep it that way. Another priority is to keep people safe on our roads.
“I don’t exaggerate to say that I am stunned by the number of people who have been killed on our roads. It’s not only that people are killed but the massive impact on friends and families. So far this year we have seen 40 people killed on our roads, 15 being motorcyclists. So we are serious about trying to tackle the problem.”
Recent figures showed police had issued 23,595 tickets to speeding motorists in five months, and spent £1,680 on making mobile safety camera vehicles more visible to motorists, as a way to tackle the problem.
Mr Kennedy, who moved to North Yorkshire in July from his previous posting in Cumbria, said he had formerly worked with the National Farmers Union to help reduce rural crime, and hoped to do so in North Yorkshire.
He said: “The two forces have many similarities and in my view, both are successful in how they police. You only need to look at how levels of crime and anti social behaviour have fallen. I have lots of experience of rural policing and I hope to bring some ideas on how we can reduce rural crime.”
When asked what has impressed him about his new post, he said the pride of local people who want to make a difference, “not just police officers but also PCSOs, police staff, Special Constables and volunteers”.
He said he aimed to bring about a more visible police presence to reduce crime, and safer roads
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