Rise in collisions during 2014 Isle of Man TT festival

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Flexible working patterns have allowed police to make better use of resources during the TT period but despite this there have been more collisions, compared with TT 2013, and 15 arrests for drink driving.

Inspector David Dobbie of the island’s roads policing unit said staff had been working flexible duty patterns during the fortnight so most resources could be deployed at the times of highest demand.

‘It has helped make sure resources were targeted more precisely,’ he said.

‘A full debrief has yet to take place but indicators are that we have a model for policing future TTs that is a good fit for the ever developing event that it is.’

Again, final collision figures are not yet compiled, but he said there had been more crashes reported to police and dealt with than last year.

He said the prime time for collisions seemed to be the period immediately before road closures – when people were trying to reach a particular location before the closure – and just after reopening when a large amount of traffic was suddenly mobile again.

‘It was certainly felt that the hours preceding and following the road closures for racing were busy for us in terms of collisions,’ he said.

Postponement of parts of the race schedule saw daily road closures from Monday to Friday last week but this had a knock-on effect of putting greater strain on the remaining road network.

‘There have been some collisions where people have been caught out by the unfamiliar roads,’ he said.

Police have also been active breath testing drivers and riders during the TT period and this has resulted in 15 drink driving arrests.

Of those people, nine have been charged with drink driving, four were found to be under the limit and no further action was taken and two are on bail pending results of tests.

Final official figures are yet to be released.

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