Drink driver arrested during Calderdale police force's Operation Hawmill

Operation Hawmill was relaunched in Calderdale after securing vital funding
Operation Hawmill was relaunched in Calderdale after securing vital funding

A drink driver was arrested during a dedicated Calderdale police operation tackling dangerous and irresponsible motorists.

The focus of Operation Hawmill was in the Brighouse and Rastrick wards.

Six drivers were dealt with for speeding while another five were stopped for failing to wear a seat belt.

A warning was also issued to one driver for using their vehicle in an anti-social manner and another for using their mobile phone.

One driver was found to be over the prescribed drink drive limit and was arrested by officers.

Vital funding was secured in August to continue Operation Hawmill that has seen more than 500 people prosecuted for the ‘fatal four offences’ in just over a year.

Operation Hawmill is targeted enforcement work by Calderdale Police to tackle dangerous driving and is funded by the Calderdale Safety Partnership.

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T/Inspector Ben Doughty, co-chair of the Road Safety Delivery Group, said: “The public tell us time and time again that road safety is their number one concern in Calderdale.

“We are pleased to be able to introduce the speed indication devices to help tackle speeding in our communities, and at the same time, relaunch Operation Hawmill to target antisocial and dangerous driving.

“Despite an increased awareness, unfortunately we still see motorists on a weekly basis breaking the law and putting pedestrians, other road users and themselves in danger.

“The speed indication devices are an invaluable resource and will allow communities to prevent and detect speeding, and identify speeding hotspots for further enforcement action.”

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