West Yorkshire’s PCC holds partnership road safety event (15 Nov 2016)

_WYP6792West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson held a partnership conference yesterday (14/11) to see what more could be done to improve road safety.

The event, which was held in Leeds, was to listen to partners and communities, understand what is required to tackle road safety effectively across West Yorkshire and identify key shared goals with the police, partners and communities.

Keynote speakers on the day included Acting Superintendent Mark Jessop of West Yorkshire Police who spoke about roads policing, Mike Carr from road safety charity BRAKE and Tim Draper, Principle Transport Planner from Leeds City Council who spoke about training, education and publicity.

The speakers were followed by group work sessions with attendees looking at what more services can do to make West Yorkshire's roads safer.

_WYP6821Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I have listened to the people of West Yorkshire and I am acting on what they have told me. Road safety is regularly raised with me and is a priority in the Police and Crime Plan. Some great work is already underway but this event was about what more we can do.

"It is a significant concern in West Yorkshire communities and covers a broad range of issues, including inconsiderate parking, to speeding, to driving while on a mobile phone. It can only be tackled effectively if the police and partners like the councils, highways agency and charities all work together.

"The focus of the conference was on prevention and early intervention, key service improvements and how our resources are deployed. This was a very positive event looking at what our joint solutions can be to problems that affect us all on our roads.

"I will continue to do all I can, in partnership, to keep our roads safe for everyone."

West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing A/Superintendent Mark Jessop said: "Operation Steerside in Bradford has been hugely successful, targeting people who are a danger to other road users, either because of the manner of their driving, or by committing road traffic offences such as driving with no insurance or licence.

"We are also committed to denying criminals use of the roads and have invested in a sophisticated number plate recognition network to help us identify unlawful activity in West Yorkshire. Combining this with effective, targeted roads policing activity, we are helping to make the County safer not just for other road users, but for our communities as a whole."


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