Operation launched to combat bad parking and driving around Calderdale's schools

A new joint operation has been launched to combat bad parking around Calderdale's schools
A new joint operation has been launched to combat bad parking around Calderdale's schools

A new joint operation in Calderdale will focus on safe driving and road safety awareness around schools particularly during school drop off and pick up times.

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Road safety continues to be the top concern for residents in the district, and the new partnership will involve members of the emergency services and local authority coming together to ease concerns and offer education to drivers.

The partnership will be made up of a road safety expert from Calderdale District Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Calderdale Council.

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Sergeant Ben Doughty said: “Road safety remains a priority for partners in Calderdale, and we want everyone in Calderdale – road users, cyclists, pedestrians and passengers – to feel safe on our roads.

“As members of the emergency services, we all dread receiving the call to attend road incidents were people have been seriously injured or killed.

“Education is key to improving driving standards and reducing the risk of accidents, with the majority of our planned activity focusing at schools and outside schools within the district.”

The launch of the initiative coincides with National Road Safety Week; a national scheme led by charity Brake.

Operation Hawmill – a police and council roads policing operation – continues targeting the fatal four offences of speeding, using your mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

In the past year, Operation Hawmill has seen 108 vehicles seized for driving without insurance or tax, 38 people stopped for using their phone while driving, 79 for speeding and 224 for not wearing a seatbelt.

Between October 12 and November 14, nine people have been stopped for using their phone while driving, 33 have been stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and 16 vehicles were seized for driving without insurance or tax.

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