Bradford road users encouraged to report bad behaviour in road safety initiative14 July 2016
‘Operation Steerside’ aims to decrease number of road accidents in the city
West Yorkshire Police is encouraging members of the public to submit dash-cam footage of dangerous drivers as part of its road safety initiative, Operation Steerside.
The campaign aims to tackle the number of road traffic accidents in Bradford.
Since the launch of the Operation in February 2016, 3,455 drivers have been caught for offences ranging from speeding to driving without a seatbelt and using a mobile phone when behind the wheel.
A spokesperson from the police force has thanked the public for their support, and hopes that continued efforts will make local motorists feel “safer and reassured”.
The latest UK statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) reported that more than 140,000 people suffered personal injuries on the road in 2015, of those more than 22,000 people were seriously injured and 1,732 people were killed.
Simon Wilson, national practice lead for serious injury claims at Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds office, said: “Innovative initiatives such as these demonstrate the potential to tackle the number of reckless drivers on British roads who continue to flout the law.
“Whilst Operation Steerside is laudable and appears to be having a real impact in West Yorkshire it is ultimately the responsibility of the government to ensure public safety is upheld. More funding and resources are needed so that all police forces are able to implement measures such as this and make Britain’s roads safer for everyone.”
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