Nearly 100 illegal drivers caught out in West Yorkshire Police crackdown

West Yorkshire Police deals with nearly 100 illegal drivers as crackdown continues
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Police in Kirklees have dealt with nearly a hundred illegal drivers in just a month.

West Yorkshire Police said officers have also seized eight cars as they work to make roads in the area safer. The force's Roads Policing Unit has urged residents in Kirklees to report danger driving hotspots in communities. In May, police in Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley and Spen took against against 96 drivers for matters including speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

Officers also dealt with drivers seen driving without due care and attention and mobile phone use. A stolen car was also seized and its driver arrested.

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It is not the first time police have dealt with bad driving in the area. In North Kirklees in February and March, during its Operation Trimburg patrols, officers recovered 20 vehicles and three people were arrested for drink and or drug driving. Four were arrested for vehicle theft and one for dangerous driving. A suspect was also arrested while wanted on warrant after being caught while behind the wheel of a car.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Operation Trimburg itself is focussed on reducing the #fatal5 offences as identified as being the main cause of serious and fatal road incidents. They are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drink and drug driving, using a mobile phone and careless driving.

"West Yorkshire Police also remains committed to Vision Zero, a road safety aim established with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all in West Yorkshire."

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Chief Inspector Rebecca Calpin of Kirklees Police, said: “Operation Trimburg continues in our communities in North Kirklees and, as we are seeing, continues to produce results week in and week out. Hundreds of driving offences have now been defected as a result of this operation and I want to thank councillors in North Kirklees for their continued support for these additional patrols.

“They continue to co-ordinated by our neighbourhood policing teams and colleagues from the force’s Roads Policing Unit and are being based around direct feedback from residents about offences and locations of concern. We always encourage anyone who has concerns about a particular roads related issue in their community, such as speeding or poor parking, to contact their local neighbourhood policing team."