Police crackdown on irresponsible drivers and bad school parking

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The Halifax Neighbourhood Policing team joined forces with other agencies at they tackled irresponsible drivers and bad parking outside schools.

The day of action targeted saw officers and additional Special Constables during the eight hour crack down in the area.

Working in partnership with council wardens, parking services, taxi licensing and the roads policing unit, the team spent the day focussing on issues such as tackling the fatal four offences, parking outside schools and inconsiderate parking.

PC Sarah Hanson who coordinated the day of action said; “The day of action was focussing on some of the issues that the community have raised with us, especially around the schools with parking regularly being a cause for concern amongst teachers, parents and students.

“Dealing with offences when they occur is only part of what we’re about, by speaking to people about their actions, and offering advice to help people to make safer choices about protecting their properties, wearing seat belts when driving and using their vehicles responsibly, alongside our partners we can really help to make the area safer and more enjoyable for everyone who lives and works here.”

Throughout the day officers and the teams were highly visible speaking to members of the community and motorists in the area. On the day;

15 taxis were stopped and checked by the Force and Council’s Taxi Licensing Team

16 Vulnerable vehicles were identified and crime prevention advice given

10 traffic offence reports were issued

One stolen vehicle was recovered, one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant and one person was arrested for failing to stop and dangerous driving.

Sergeant Ben Doughty said; “Activities such as the day of action re-emphasise our commitment to the community that we are listening to their concerns and taking positive action about the things that really matter to them. We know that issues affecting the roads, whether that be parking near schools or inconsiderate parking cause real concern and frustration in communities.

“We want to keep everyone who uses the roads safe, and take positive action against drivers who potentially put people at risk through their inconsiderate and irresponsible actions.”