More officers and checks by the roadside as police target dangers - The Solihull Observer

More officers and checks by the roadside as police target dangers

Solihull Editorial 4th Jul, 2024   0

WEST MIDLANDS Police is cracking down on what are known as the ‘fatal four’ driving offences this month.

The force is taking part in a month-long campaign – Op Spotlight – to make the roads safer for everyone.

The operation will focus on the four biggest factors in collisions where people are killed or seriously injured: driving under the influence of drink or drugs, mobile phone use, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

They are known collectively as the Fatal Four.

Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols and deploying a range of resources to deter and detect dangerous driving behaviour.

This includes roadside checks, mobile speed cameras, specialist units targeting specific driving offences.

More than 5,300 motorists were caught committing Fatal Four offences in the West Midlands last year.

A total of 2,648 were arrested for driving while under the influence, with 1,290 motorists caught speeding, 480 caught without wearing a seatbelt, and 942 caught using mobile phones.

It’s important to remember that speed limits are in place for a reason, and exceeding them is not only dangerous but also illegal. The minimum penalty for speeding can include a £100 fine and three points added to your licence.

Distracted driving also posed a serious threat, with officers pulling over hundreds of drivers for using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

This simple safety measure of the seatbelt can be lifesaving in the event of a collision.

Chief Inspector Keeley Bevington, from the Traffic unit, said: “Far too many people are tragically killed or injured on our roads each year. This simply cannot be accepted as the norm. We will take strong action against those who endanger the lives of others through reckless driving

“The campaign will see an increased police presence on the roads throughout the summer months. Officers will be conducting roadside checks, focusing on deterring and enforcing for offences related to the Fatal Four, and targeting areas known for dangerous driving.

“However, policing alone cannot solve this issue. We need everyone to take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel. Drivers must be accountable and consider the devastating consequences their choices can have. Remember, your car is a powerful tool, and in the wrong hands, it can become a deadly weapon.”

With England entering the Euros quarter-finals this weekend, officers will be out in force to catch dangerous drivers who put lives at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Anyone who witness dangerous driving in progress should call 999 immediately.

Be sure to be in a safe location and not driving yourself when you make the call.

For incidents that have already occurred, submit your dashcam footage through the Operation Snap portal, which allows motorists to upload video evidence directly to the police for review.

Once submitted, the report or footage will be reviewed and police say they will take action where possible.

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