Funding boost for police operation targeting Calderdale's dangerous drivers

A Calderdale-based police operation that targets motorists who break the law has received another funding boost to keep the scheme going.

Operation Hawmill focuses on the most likely causes of a fatal road traffic collision including being over the limit, through drink or drugs, speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

Operation Hawmill

Operation Hawmill

Money taken from criminals under the proceeds of crime act will now help fund the partnership operation tackling anti-social use of vehicles and offences on the roads in Calderdale.

Since November 2017 , Operation Hawmill has seen 53 deployments of Calderdale officers supported by staff from the Force Roads Policing teams. In this time:

- 47 vehicles have been seized

- 13 Offenders caught using a phone

- 48 Offenders for speeding

- 61 Offenders caught for not wearing seatbelts

- 103 other offences dealt with

- nine people arrested

Sergeant Ben Doughty of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Road safety affects everyone, regardless of their age, or ability to drive.

"Pedestrians, riders, passengers and motorists all use the districts road on a daily basis and it is vital they can do so safely.

“Operation Hawmill’s focus is on the fatal four offences, but also seeks to address issues such as vehicles with no insurance, and those being used anti-socially, often causing great distress to communities.

“Previously teams have also detained suspects wanted for other offences in and around the district whilst on their patrols.

“It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle they are driving is road worthy, insured and that they drive safely. Any drivers breaking the law will be targeted and action taken against them as we continue in our commitment to keeping our communities safe.

“Originally Operation Hawmill focussed on known ‘hot spot’ areas, however going forward the whole of Calderdale will feature in the proactive deployments.”

Deployments have been spread across the district, focusing on areas of community concern. If you would like to see an area being the focus of this operation, contact your local NPT officer or PCSO or email Calderdale.npt@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk