Cars seized as Calderdale police operation tackles dangerous drivers

Police officers seized a number of vehicles during a dedicated road operation.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 11:00 am

Operation Hawmill conducted patrols in the Ryburn Ward on March 24.

Three vehicles were seized for either no insurance / no licence or for not having a road tax.

One driver was reported for not having insurance covering him for business use and another driver was reported for not having a MOT in date.

Cars seized during Operation Hawmill

One car passenger was also issued with a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.

Operation Hawmill is funded by the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership.

It focuses on areas of community concern and the fatal four, speeding, driving above the drink or drug limit, using a phone while driving and driving without a seatbelt.

Recently police bikes have been deployed on the roads of Calderdale to help keep to roads safer.

Co-chair of the Road Safety Delivery Group, Inspector Ben Doughty, said:

“Road safety is vitally important to the residents of Calderdale and we hear regularly that they are concerned about road safety.

"From using the Police Bikes, officers can now get into more rural areas where the community needs them.

“We see daily the consequences of the fatal four and the added risks associated with bad driving. Motorists not only put themselves at risk but other road users and pedestrians.

“Officers will be targeting the fatal four offences, alongside colleagues from the Fire Service, Calderdale Council and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

“Over the years we have seen an increase in awareness of Operation Hawmill and an increased awareness of the risks associated with bad driving, however motorists still put themselves, other road users and pedestrians at risk through dangerous driving.

“We will prosecute anyone who continues to put themselves and others at risk, and you will face points on your licence, a fine, having your vehicle seized or ending up in court if you flout the basic laws of driving.”