Police score road safety own goal by tweeting dangerously parked patrol car

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Police scored a road safety own goal after a tweet from traffic officers showed a patrol car parked dangerously.

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Police Scotland warned drivers that patrols were “out and about” but the tweet showed an empty marked car parked at a junction.

The highway code states that drivers should not park “within ten metres (32 feet) of a junction”.

To make matters worse, the tweet was “liked” by top brass. It has since been deleted but not before it was spotted by eagle-eyed road safety campaigners.

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The AA accused the force of scoring an own goal and reminded them that traffic laws apply to everyone.

The blunder happened when South West Fife Police used the hashtag “road safety Fife” to alert their followers to the fact that their officers were patrolling the local area.

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The South West Fife police account sent the tweet On Sunday morning with the caption: “Rosyth Community Officers out and about #roadsafetyfife.”

The picture showed an unoccupied police car parked at the edge of the junction, obstructing other road users from having a clear view of the busy road ahead.

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Despite the glaring error, the tweet was liked by Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick, the DCC of local policing for Police Scotland.

A spokesman for The AA said: “While commending the Police for tweeting their presence and, after all, there certainly needs to be greater police visibility on our streets, sharing an image of their vehicle illegally parked (ie within 10m of a junction) and clearly not attending an emergency is a bit of an own-goal.

“Police and other emergency vehicles are subject to the same traffic laws and Highway Code rules as the rest of us.

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“The message here is think before you commit an image or comment to social media as the consequences can – as in this case – be far reaching.”

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A Police Scotland spokesman said: “During the short time this vehicle was stopped, an officer was present to monitor traffic and ensure there were no issues that arose.”

But Scotland’s Worst Drivers hit back: “Police Scotland’s comment is flawed due to the fact there appears to be no officer in the car or near it.

“There is still no avoiding the 10 metre rule. No one is allowed to park that close to a junction as it blocks access for other road users and pedestrians.

“Police Scotland obviously agree or they wouldn’t have deleted their tweet.”

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