West Yorkshire’s PCC visits Operation Steerside as part of Road Safety Week (22 Nov 2017)

PCC And Sgt Buchan 1Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Operation Steerside this week (20/11) to see first-hand the difference the operation is making and to meet some the team involved.

Operation Steerside was launched in February 2016 with the aim of improving road safety across the Bradford district. Specifically the operation targets offences known as the fatal 4 - speeding, driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving whilst using a mobile phone and driving whilst not wearing a seat belt.

The operation has been very successful with over 11,000 driving offences being dealt with and over 1000 vehicles seized.

The Police and Crime Commissioner visited and observed the operation as part of his support for National Road Safety Week. The week runs from Monday 20 November to Sunday 26 November and looks to raise awareness of the safe and responsible use of roads with a particular focus this year on speed.

Mark said: "It was great to visit Operation Steerside to see and hear about the on-going work by our dedicated officers in making our roads safer and to thank them personally for the significant impact their work is making in the area in cutting down the number of serious incidents on our roads.

"I was able to spend some time with Sgt Cameron Buchan who is doing a great job leading the Steerside team on tackling the issues of speeding and use of mobile phones whilst driving on my visit.

"I am very aware of how important safe roads are to our communities. Approximately 40% of respondents to my Police and Crime Plan consultation last year stated that road safety was important to them and it is an issue that is regularly raised with me in person and online.

"There is a huge amount of activity taking place over Road safety Week and I would especially recommend people have a look at road safety charity Brake. They are running a social media campaign, among other things, encouraging drivers to slow down.

"I will continue to invest wherever possible and work with West Yorkshire Police, charities such as Brake and our partners to continue to do all we can to keep our roads safe for everyone."

Sergeant Cameron Buchan, of Bradford District Police, said: "We would like to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner for showing his continued interest in the work of Operation Steerside and were pleased to show him the ongoing work we are doing to make the roads of Bradford District safer.

"More than 4,000 tickets have been issued to drivers for speeding offences since Steerside began. Our figures show that this is the joint most common offence of the 'fatal four' with a similar number of tickets being issued to motorists for not wearing a seat belt. Speeding also accounts for almost one quarter (24%) of serious collisions across the UK

"We are committed to making the roads of Bradford District safer by targeting those who drive dangerously and anti-socially.

"The public can also play their part by sending in dash cam footage of dangerous driving in Bradford District to send it in to [email protected] so we can review these matters and take further action where we are able to do so."

"Incidents and information regarding anti-social use of vehicles can be reported by email to [email protected], by answerphone on 01274 373968, by calling 101 or in person at your local police station.

"Vehicles which are posing or are believed to be posing an immediate risk to the public should be reported using 999."

The Police and Crime Commissioner is making a number of other visits this week to raise awareness of road safety, more details will be available on our social media accounts www.twitter.com/WestYorksOPCC and www.facebook.com/WestYorksOPCC.

PCC And Sgt Buchan 2

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