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West Midlands Police working alongside local authority

West Midlands Police has announced that it is working alongside its partners in local authorities to continue cracking down on instances of dangerous driving.

The dangers that dangerous driving presents to communities, and as such the importance of sharing the responsibility of road safety across multiple public bodies, has been highlighted through collaboration with Birmingham City Council, road safety charities and other law enforcement bodies. This project has also allowed the local community to play its part in the improvement of road safety, with initiatives such as Community Speedwatch, the highlighting of areas of concern and reporting dangerous driving.

By collaborating with partners, the police force has said that significant progress can be made as they look to make roads safer. This will be done through the implementation of appropriate measure to protect communities from areas of concern, as well as conducting regular operations on the roads. These operations will focus on offences that are known as the ‘fatal four’ which are:

  • Speeding
  • Drink driving
  • Mobile phone use while driving
  • Not wearing seatbelts

Since the beginning of May 2023, 1,542 traffic incidents across the region have been responded to, with 151 arrests. A total of 392 vehicles have also been seized, seven dangerous weapons have been recovered, and 343 drivers have had action taken against them for committing fatal four driving offences.

Inspector Tom Bowman, from the Road Harm Prevention Team, said:

“We are urging all motorists to prioritise road safety, obey speed limits, and remain vigilant while driving. Your actions can make a significant difference in preventing accidents and protecting lives.

“By actively patrolling key areas, our officers aim to raise awareness, enforce speed limits, and protect our communities from the dangers of excessive speed and other road harm issues. As the summer season approaches, we are intensifying our efforts and conducting more operations across the region.

“We appreciate the support and cooperation of our communities in reporting any instances of dangerous driving. Yor valuable information helps us take appropriate action and prevent potential harm.”


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