Episode 13 A1: Britain's Longest Road


Episode 13

Documentary series centred on the A1. A dangerous breakdown in the fast lane spells double trouble for A1 traffic officers.


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The A1. Britain's longest road.

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Stretching almost 400 miles from the City of London

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to the heart of the Scottish capital.

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Connecting two nations and passing through 18 counties.

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It's an unrivalled highway used

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by hundreds of thousands of vehicles every day.

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We're going southbound down the A1 on the northbound carriageway.

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But not all journeys go to plan.

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I thought, "I'm going to lose my life."

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Cars are coming close.

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It is the dangerous place to be.

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Lives can hang in the balance.

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The rear end of that vehicle, it's unrecognisable.

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This is actually the bodywork of the car.

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24 hours a day...

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It's not a safe place here.

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..there's a team of people who keep us safe from harm.

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The police...

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..response teams...

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We don't know whether they've got the road closed or...

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-we don't know what happened.

-..and traffic officers...

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Keep going.

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..keeping Britain's most iconic road...

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-Get out!

-..on the move.

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Substantially damaged flatbed truck in lane two.

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The A1, the monster that it is, will start returning to normal.

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Coming up...

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A dangerous breakdown in the fast lane

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spells double trouble for A1 traffic officers.

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Is that driveable or not?

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Can that drive?

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Police smell danger on a routine roadside check.

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We've searched the van. Inside,

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there's some of this cannabis bush here.

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We'll see what the lads have to say about this.

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And the race to rescue commuters after a rush-hour pile-up.

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Time's really of the essence today. We can't afford to hang around.

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There are more than 2,000 accidents on the A1 every year,

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and more than 160 of them occur on a ten-mile stretch

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of the road near Newcastle.

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It's rush hour on a Friday afternoon -

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one of the busiest times of the week for bumps and shunts.

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A1 patrol officer PC Alan Keenleyside

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is battling to make his way to the scene of a three-vehicle pile-up.

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Southbound on the A1, just at the MetroCentre now,

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we're two, two and a half miles away from the incident.

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We need to get there, make that nice and safe.

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First reports suggest the accident has happened in the outside lane,

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often the scene of the most serious collisions.

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Time's really of the essence today.

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We can't afford to hang around.

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But with the accident causing virtual gridlock,

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vital seconds are being lost.

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AIR HORN BLASTS

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We'll never push people,

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or have a go at anybody for doing the wrong thing.

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People generally try and help to get you through.

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At the end of the day, if we don't get through,

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they don't get home because they're still stuck behind.

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Tango 12-34.

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At the scene, Alan soon discovers that two lanes are blocked...

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Currently taking out lane two and three.

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..with only a trickle of cars able to get through.

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So, I've just given them an update on the radio there.

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That now buys me that time to get down there,

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find out what's going on,

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and give people the help that they need.

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Two white vans and a car have been badly damaged,

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and the Fire Brigade are already at the scene.

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You all right, guys?

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It's looking like a typical rear-end shunt here on the A1.

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Luckily, we're not looking at any serious injuries.

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We're just actually working out a plan now to get that vehicle moved

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and then deal with this collision off the A1

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and get that backlog of traffic cleared.

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But clearly, we need to make sure we can do that safely.

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For van driver Keith Grazier, the crash came out of nowhere.

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Basically, slammed their brakes on.

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It was too quick to happen.

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It was just too quick.

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So I went into the back.

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With its front end smashed, the Corsa is a write-off.

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But fortunately, driver Gareth Edwards has got off lightly.

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I'm all right. A few cuts and that. I'll be all right.

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He travels up the A1 to Scotland twice a week,

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from his home in Doncaster,

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but it's the first time he's been involved in a crash himself.

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I was travelling down here about 30, 40 feet behind that car in front.

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He's basically slammed on.

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I tried my best to stop, but basically I didn't have a chance.

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I'm used to traffic and accidents,

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I've just never been in one before today.

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HE CHUCKLES

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With no major injuries,

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Alan's priority is to get the road reopened.

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That's going to need a full lift, the van.

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Yeah, back end's knackered. I've just had a look.

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But his hopes of easing the Friday rush-hour congestion

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quickly hit a snag.

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A little bit of a situation.

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We were hoping to reopen lane two.

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Because of the proximity of the vehicles,

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we need to protect my colleague here, who's recovering the vehicles.

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We've actually also got a bit of oil which has developed in lane two.

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So my colleagues from Highways England are actually going to get

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some oil-dry on, brush it in.

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While we've got this lane closed, try to get as much of this cleansed

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so the road's nice and safe when we get it reopened.

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It's taken around half an hour for Alan and his colleagues to clear

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the crash and make the A1 safe again.

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Universal thumbs-up.

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International language of the road.

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As Alan heads north,

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he soon sees from the tailbacks just how much the crash has affected

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traffic along the road.

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That collision couldn't have come at a worse time because this road

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starts to build up anyway, round about this sort of time,

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so potentially could be an unrecoverable situation.

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Of course, now, if we get another incident south,

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I've got to get through this.

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This is where the local knowledge kicks in.

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We may end up using some alternative routes.

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Even though the A1's the quickest way to get around the region,

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sometimes we've got to get off the A1

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to get where we want to be quickly.

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Keeping the A1 moving is a 24/7 job.

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And it's not only accidents which can cause snarl-ups.

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Every year, Highways England traffic officers deal with more than 4,000

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breakdowns on the road.

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But by far the most dangerous

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is when a car comes to a stop in the outside lane.

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Peter Senior and Scott Wilson are hurrying to a high-risk situation

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on the A1 at Newcastle.

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We're just currently turning at junction 74 to attend.

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We should be on the scene in a few minutes. Over.

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A car is stranded in the outside lane at the busiest time of day.

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The driver's pregnant.

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So, for the traffic officers, it's a grade-one priority case.

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329 received.

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Whether we're able to move the vehicle or not, I don't know.

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But due to the location, it may be worth getting CF travelling. Over.

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The risk of a pile-up here is huge.

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And with traffic on the other carriageway slowing to look,

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there's also the possibility of a collision there, too.

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If you get control of the traffic, I'll go and have a...word.

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With lives in danger, Peter and Scott must act fast.

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The priority has to be to get the stranded driver to safety.

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Next, they must warn other drivers

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in the hope of preventing a high-speed pile-up.

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So, what's happening with this vehicle at the minute,

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it's got total loss of power.

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So we've got a recovery agent on the way.

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Peter and Scott have done all they can to keep everyone safe,

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but already the breakdown is becoming a dangerous distraction

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to other road users.

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THUMP

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And now this case has just got more serious.

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As you can see, over the road, there's been an RTC.

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Whether this is down to rubbernecking or what,

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or someone being on the phone or anything, I don't know.

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With us already dealing with a live lane over here,

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we can't go over there and deal with it.

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There's a high risk of serious injury

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when crashing at such high speeds.

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Scott's concerned about the drivers.

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Excuse me. Do you need an ambulance?

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No? You're all right? Is that driveable or not?

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Can that drive?

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That can, yeah?

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The cars are badly damaged

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but at least they can leave the A1 without assistance.

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It means Scott and Peter can now focus on the original incident.

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It's not uncommon that this happens because quite often we're busy

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dealing with an incident on one carriageway,

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people on the other side start trying to look across

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to see what we're dealing with and, you know,

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they lose that concentration.

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And that's what can happen.

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As the incident has been classed as a priority,

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Peter and Scott have arranged for a recovery truck

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to be sent to the scene as soon as possible.

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At the moment, Scott's down by the initial part of the closure.

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He's just watching the traffic.

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The priority now is just get the truck on,

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get the car away and the lady to a safe place.

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A police car is now at the scene to assist with the safe reopening of

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the lane. Meanwhile, the pregnant driver will be taken away

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in the recovery vehicle.

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What's happening now is the police are closing off lane three with

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their vehicle, giving us protection to be able to remove our closure.

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I'm just going to give my colleague a hand now to lift the gear in.

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Half an hour after first arriving on the scene, the carriageway is clear.

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And Peter and Scott can reopen the lane,

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confident that their actions have helped a driver in peril in a case

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that could have been a whole lot worse.

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Unfortunately, as well, the young lady,

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she decided just to sit in the car till help could arrive.

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In a situation like that,

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what people really need to do is get out of the vehicle and get behind

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a safety barrier until help arrives.

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It was just fortunate we were in the right place at the right time

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to get to her quickly. It is a frightening experience,

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someone being stuck in lane three of a carriageway.

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Dealing with the unexpected is part of the daily life of the teams

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that keep the A1 safe and moving.

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Just a few miles up the road, PC Alan Keenleyside running

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a routine check for drivers with no MOT or insurance.

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Any passing him will be caught by his onboard camera,

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triggering an alarm.

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I'm just looking at a transit van.

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A couple of cars up in the slow lane

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and it's shown us the MOT expired on the vehicle.

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I'll stop the driver, just have a quick word with him

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and advise him of that.

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That's handy. He's taken the off slip.

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It's a job Alan has done countless times.

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Morning, mate. Are you all right?

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The reason I've stopped you, all right,

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is I've just done a check on the radio and your vehicle is showing as

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the MOT expired back in January.

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Come jump in my car just for two seconds.

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I'll do some checks. Just take the back seat in there.

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I'll just have a quick word with you.

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But, on this occasion,

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Alan's instinct tells him today is going to be anything but routine.

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Thought I caught a waft of cannabis before.

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I've got a bit of a sniffer-dog type nose for that,

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so I'm just going to have a word with this driver

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and see what he's got to say.

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New laws introduced two years ago

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set a legal limit for the amount of drugs in a driver's system

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and improved roadside tests mean cases

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can now be investigated much more easily.

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When I opened the door in the van, I got a waft of cannabis.

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-Do you have any on you?

-No, it's not me.

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Do you use cannabis at all or anything like that?

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Occasionally, but not today.

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Right. Not today. No use at all.

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Having no MOT could be the least of this driver's problems.

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Because I got a smell of it, all right, I'll give you a quick search.

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But I'm also going to go through a roadside testing procedure.

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-Right.

-It'll take a few minutes just to quickly go through that.

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Here's a question. What's your date of birth?

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-Today.

-You were born today?!

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Many happy returns. How old are you?

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-Thank you very much. 37.

-37.

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Alan cautions the driver before delivering some unpalatable news.

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So, you're now required to provide a specimen of saliva as I have

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reasonable cause to suspect you of driving a motor vehicle

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having a specified drug in your body.

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-OK.

-It's not particularly nice, all right.

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You hold your tongue out. What we do is we just swab three times,

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three or four times down onto those sensors there.

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All right. Keep going.

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Keep going. Keep going. That's it.

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Thank you.

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-Not a very nice job, is it?

-No.

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Now we hold it flat and it can take somewhere in the region of about

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eight minutes for that to come up. OK.

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Just a bit of a waiting game on that one now.

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While Alan has been interviewing the driver, his colleague,

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PC Darren Lant, has been up ahead searching the van.

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Is it your van, is it, or a company van?

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All right. OK. Anything in the van you shouldn't have?

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You've just got it this morning, have you?

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Certainly look after their vehicle, don't they?

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There's an experiment growing in that one, I think.

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And the driver's nightmare start to his birthday looks like it's about

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to get a whole lot worse.

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We've searched the van.

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Inside this bag of half-eaten stotties and sandwiches and...

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..drinks cans, there was some of this cannabis bush here.

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So we'll give this to Alan and take it from there and see what the lads

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have got to say about it. It might mean that we have to take the van

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away and get it checked over properly by a drugs dog.

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Have you got a drugs bag in your car?

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-I've got a bag.

-Get the bag, please.

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With the driver's roadside drug test nearing its conclusion,

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Alan has another discovery that's going to need some explaining.

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Congestion on Britain's road network costs the economy an estimated

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£13 billion a year.

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While many motorists on the A1 point the finger at roadworks,

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they actually account for only about 10% of annual delays.

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Back on patrol, PC Darren Lant is cracking down on motorists

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speeding through roadworks.

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This little red Polo in front of me,

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he's just decided to ignore the temporary speed limit.

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As we come out of Morpeth there,

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it's a temporary speed limit of 40mph for a reason.

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This guy's just come hurtling through there, mid-50s,

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completely ignoring it.

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We'll have a stop with him, we'll have a quick chat.

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I think he knows it's coming.

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It's just after nine o'clock and rush hour should be over but it

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appears this motorist's running a little late.

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Hello, sir. How are you doing? All right? In a hurry?

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You need to get to work. All right.

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Come and have a chat with me

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and I'll explain to you why I've stopped you.

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Take the seat in the back on that side for me, please.

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All right. Any ideas why I've stopped you?

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Yeah.

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But while the driver understands his speeding is why Darren's pulled

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him over, he's still not convinced he's in the wrong.

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It's what...? It's so pointless, is it?

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I'm sure the people that are working in and around the area,

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although they might not have been on the road at that particular time,

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would disagree that it's not particularly pointless.

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Do you want to watch the video of you going through or are you quite

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-happy you were speeding?

-No, I know I was speeding.

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-Do you know what speed you were doing?

-55.

-Spot on.

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All right.

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It's not the first time Liam's

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speeding has put him on the wrong side of the law.

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You got a full licence, Liam, have you?

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Any points or anything on it?

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Yeah, three, I think.

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What was that for? Speeding?

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I had just passed, so I thought the average speed cameras...

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I thought it was the average at each camera.

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-I didn't realise...

-The average at each camera?

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That's a new one. Was that a pointless speed limit as well?

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No. You know what I mean.

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The speed limits are there for a reason.

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They're not pointless.

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The way I propose to deal with it, Liam,

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is to arrange for you to go on a speed awareness course.

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All right? No points, no fine.

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But, obviously, you've got to pay to go on the course. All right?

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Speed awareness courses were introduced in the late 1980s

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in the hope that educating offenders like Liam would lead to long-term

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changes in their behaviour,

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rather than just punishing them with points and fines.

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I didn't see the police to start with.

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Then I thought, "I'd better slow down here."

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Then I saw him weaving a bit, trying to get my attention.

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Then the lights came on.

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I thought, "God, not again."

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But, for Liam, who now faces

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four hours of intensive road safety lessons,

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slowing down for roadworks still seems to be a hard sell.

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When there's no workers in the road and the cones are on the side of

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the road and stuff, I don't know why the speed limit's 40.

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40, I think, is a bit low for

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no workers on the road, especially.

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He had a very strange and quite worrying

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point of view that the speed limit was pointless.

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It's a dangerous point of view to have.

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They're there for a reason.

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So, yes, there might not be anybody working there but it's other stuff

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that's going around that causes the distraction.

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People get interested in what's happening over there

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or they're looking at this and they're looking at that

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and they're not concentrating on their drive.

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Everything's done for safety.

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People might not like it but it's there for their safety

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as much as the contractors' safety.

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More than 270 miles away, at the southern end

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of the A1 in Hertfordshire, traffic officers Richard Jones

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and Carl Hemingfield have been dispatched to a breakdown...

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Start of a busy day.

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..where the A1 meets the M25.

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We're going to the A1 slip road

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going on from Bignell's Corner.

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We've got a broken-down vehicle.

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Police are fending off behind.

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We have been asked to assist them.

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The early-morning rush hour is about to start,

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so it has the potential to cause chaos.

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Morning. Have you got an ETA for your unit?

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My colleague called up a short time ago.

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Sierra Echo 52 on the hailing channel.

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We're at Bignell's Corner. We should be with you in about two minutes.

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As they arrive at the junction, though...

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INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER

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..Carl and Richard discover it isn't just one breakdown, but two.

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That's the first, a van.

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-We got his tow hook set up.

-Right.

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This is the one that was in lane three

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that's just pulled over to the side.

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OK, we're going to get somebody else.

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If you guys can't, we'll have to call immediate recovery but...

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OK. We've got another patrol. We'll ask for another patrol to come down.

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-Okey dokey.

-I'll check with Carl. Is there another one coming down?

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-Cos we've got two vehicles here.

-Yeah.

-This is the one at lane three.

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-Do want me to ask them to keep running?

-Yeah, please.

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It seems the transit van came a stop first,

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and while the police were blocking off the carriageway to deal with it,

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a taxi broke down in the same spot.

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Sir, can you just stand away from there? Thank you.

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Can you come and stand behind the barrier for me

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because you're in a place of safety there?

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The taxi driver was heading for the M25

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when his clutch suddenly stopped working.

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I was going with the customers to London,

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to one of the embassies in London,

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and then from there to London Heathrow.

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So, that's not a very good day.

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No clutch, no gearbox.

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So I can't go anywhere now.

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I'm not going to earn money.

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And just wait for recovery.

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So it's not a very good day.

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The first step is for Carl and Richard to tow the taxi

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to a safer place.

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Are the keys in the car?

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Can I have the key, please?

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Thank you. I'll find the nearest safest location, if it's a lay-by...

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-I'll go with you wherever you're going.

-OK.

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We can pull anything up to an HGV,

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so we pretty much can clear most things nowadays, in all fairness.

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It's not long before Carl finds a lay-by in which to pull over,

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but it's also ankle-deep in water.

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Not the best place to stop.

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No, I know. It's in the water, isn't it?

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-Dearie me, it's flooded.

-Can you go down behind that...?

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I don't think there's enough room, Richard.

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My new polished shoes now look not so polished.

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-Thanks, Carl.

-That's all right!

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Dave, the passenger in the taxi,

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has an appointment at he South African embassy,

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so he's desperate to get to London as quickly as possible.

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I was just going to the African embassy to submit a visa application

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and then flying back to Johannesburg.

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I only flew back from Johannesburg yesterday just purely for this,

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so it's not a very good day.

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Carl and Richard do their best to help find them taxis

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but, at this time of the morning, it's proving difficult.

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This gentleman has broken down between South Mimms and Borehamwood.

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You haven't got any cars at the moment?

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OK. I'll get my gentleman to try and find somebody else.

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Cheers, bye. He hasn't got any cars.

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Eventually, duty calls, and Richard and Carl need to head off.

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I suggest you stay out of the vehicle

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rather than in it round here at the moment.

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The further away from the motorway, the better.

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OK then, sir. Good luck.

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I hope you get your visa sorted out.

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The danger on that closure was that it was quite near to the entry slip.

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Cars were coming quite fast down the slip road to join the motorway.

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It wasn't giving them much time to move across.

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It was a busy scene.

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I mean, to get two broken-down vehicles

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in one closure was a tad unusual.

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But that car was so close to the marginal strip, it was...

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I could feel the cars going past as we were being towed.

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The A1 is getting back to normal now but

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as traffic often builds on one of its busiest stretches,

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it won't be long before Richard and Carl are needed again.

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Nearly five hours' drive up the road in Newcastle,

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PC Alan Keenleyside's routine stop of a motorist for having no MOT

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has turned into something more serious.

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Drugs have been found in the cab of the van and the motorist

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is suspected of driving while under the influence of cannabis.

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That was found in the rubbish bag with the bottles and things.

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OK. What's the craic with that?

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I'll tell you now. I've not been smoking today, right.

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-Right, OK.

-That's mine, OK.

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Right. No...

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Not exactly the crime of the century, having that.

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All right. Certainly a personal amount. We'll deal with that. OK.

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Meanwhile, the result of a roadside drugs test which Alan carried out

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eight minutes ago...

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We've waited the requisite amount of time.

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..has proved positive.

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So, you've got two lines for cannabis.

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So, the preliminary drug test has tested positive for a specified drug

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in your system. Therefore, I am arresting you

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and taking you to Forth Banks police station.

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Is there anything you want to say to that?

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The new drug-driving laws cover eight illegal substances,

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including cannabis and cocaine.

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-PHONE RINGS

-There it is.

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Do you want to speak to your dad?

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But 11 prescription drugs, like morphine,

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are also on the danger list.

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A good little stop. Just from having no MOT,

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we've recovered some drugs.

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He's provided a specimen and there's one on the way to custody.

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So, we're making the road safer all the time.

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Just going to cuff you for transportation. All right?

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Alan's roadside test has shown traces of banned drugs

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in the van driver's body.

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A full blood test will now be needed to establish just how much cannabis

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is in his system.

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All right?

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It's like drink-driving now.

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So, your blood will be sent away to the labs.

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It gets examined and then we get a figure back as to how much cannabis

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is in your blood and whether that's over the prescribed limit or not.

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If it is, you'll go to court for that.

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Cannabis stays in your system a lot longer than drink.

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Do you know what I mean? Depending how much you've had,

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it can stay in for days or weeks.

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Just take a seat down there.

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At the station, a sample of blood is taken for analysis

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and the motorist's picture and fingerprints are recorded

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while Alan begins to prepare his case.

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I'm just packaging up the blood now.

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I've actually filled in a bit of the circumstances surrounding the stop

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and what's happened today. That just assists the lab.

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I'll seal it up now, I'll log the time,

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note the time on the paperwork and we'll pop that into the fridge.

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And that'll be us good to go.

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Since new laws on drug driving were passed just two years ago,

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Alan and his colleagues on the A1

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have massively stepped up the number of arrests.

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Now we've got all this technology, we're probably getting as many

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drug-driving as we are drink-driving.

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And the likely consequences of which is a disqualification,

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similar to drink-driving.

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So, if this comes back positive, over the prescribed limit,

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this gentleman will be looking for a day in court with a high likelihood

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of a disqualification for around about 12 months.

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This is going to have massive repercussions

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onto this driver's life.

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Potentially he's going to lose his job,

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he's going to lose the ability to drive legally,

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and, yeah. That joint last night to celebrate his birthday,

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it's all gone catastrophically wrong for this chap.

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For Alan, what started out as a routine stop has turned out to be

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anything but. No A1 patrol can be taken for granted.

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I think it's really important to emphasise that when we,

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as police officers, certainly working the A1,

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you never know what you're going to get. You just don't know.

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You've got to go in with your guard up, high-risk.

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You've got cars moving around you on the A1.

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On that occasion, open the door, two lads in the van.

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Just that scent of cannabis.

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You just get that little whiff.

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The alarm bells go.

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A good result. Just goes to show somebody who doesn't appear to be

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really doing anything wrong

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is actually a real danger on the roads this morning.

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We've been able to minimise that risk.

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So really, really happy with that.

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Blood tests on the motorist found to be driving while under the influence

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of cannabis came back positive and he's still awaiting trial.

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And, after being caught speeding in roadworks,

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Liam has since completed his speed-awareness course.

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