December 20th, 2009

Snow good

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

It’s comforting to see that the good old British tradition of the country falling to pieces at the first drop of snow is holding up well, at least it is round these parts.

This is traditionally the time where police managers try to get all the force’s 4x4s into play at the same time, usually somewhere around the time when the first snow flakes appear somewhere in the county while the rest of the country have been talking about the predicted heavy snow for three days or more.

It is also around this time that the police managers realise that they’ve degraded the Traffic Department year after year & depeleted the resources such that there are only a few 4x4s left & they are stored somewhere on the other side of the heaviest snow which necessitates 2 of the few available traffic officers to travel across the county for an hour & a half to collect a 4×4, timesed by the number of 4x4s we have left, which leaves only a few traffic officers who can’t respond to half the jobs because their cars can’t get there.

We spend all night & day taking reports of kids throwing snowballs. We have to ignore most of these as we simply are too busy dealing with dragging people out of crashed cars or standing at road closures telling people if they go up[ there they’ll get stuck. Asian & Jewish people can say they think the people chucking snow at them/their businesses are racist which guarantees that we have to go & see them because saying you think an incident is racist is a trigger which puts you to the head of the queue when it comes to dishing out assignments to officers.

Lots of the calls into the control room about traffic accidents or RTCs usually mention that the person has crashed due to the dangerous road conditions which seems to skirt round the fact that most of the people who have travelled along the same road have managed to avoid crashing & totally avoids the thought that it is perfectly possible to drive safely on ice if you adjust your driving style accordingly & you’ve not usually crashed because of the dangerous road, you’ve crashed because you were an arse & driving too fast (& 10mph can be too fast).

Then you finish the shift between 15 minutes & two hours late because your relief hasn’t left early enough to negotiate the conditions by which time half the main roads in the county are clogged up with crashed cars, jacknifed lorries & queues of vehicles who can’t get up the hills, so you’re 2 hours late home & have to abandon your car & walk the last mile or two & they still expect you to be in to work the next day, on time, and you are.

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5 comments

  1. quantum interface bomb... says:

    true- day one on my first driving course- ‘what causes cars to skid?’ err… wet roads? nope… ice? nope… instructor writes one word on the board- ‘speed’…

    you can drive on an ice rink if you keep your speed down…

    December 20th, 2009 at 05:18

  2. Fee says:

    I’ve just checked our weather for the next few days – snow, snow and more snow. We do normally cope better than, shall we say, more southerly areas (probably because it happens most winters) but there will still be a few chancers on the phone to work tomorrow giving it “I’m snowed in”. When they’re told it’ll cost them a day’s holiday a surprising number manage to make it after all.

    There’s a guy in our street who drives a gritter (so we always get gritted!) and his wife and kids have barely seen him since Thursday.

    December 20th, 2009 at 09:08

  3. Tony F says:

    Bloody front wheel drive…..

    December 20th, 2009 at 20:45

  4. Jabadaw says:

    Quantum Interface Bomb said – rue- day one on my first driving course- ‘what causes cars to skid?’ err… wet roads? nope… ice? nope… instructor writes one word on the board- ’speed’…

    This is not exactly accurately. A skid is caused due to the cohesion of friction between the tyre and the road surface being broken. A skid can occur in dry conditions as well as in wet.

    Some causes of skids
    a) harsh or sudden acceleration
    b) excessive of sudden braking
    c) coarse or jerky steering movements

    See not all include speed!

    December 20th, 2009 at 23:15

  5. quantum interface bomb... says:

    if you are driving at 10mph- you can steer as much as you want- you wont skid.

    5mph- brake as hard as you want… you wont skid…

    SPEED is the deciding factor- all other factors depend on it to have a result…

    December 24th, 2009 at 10:36

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