Funding Approved for Next 12 months After Another Successful Year for Operation Hawmill

Thursday 26 May 2022

Over 334 people were fined for driving offences in Calderdale between May 2021 and March 2022 as proactive, additional deployments of officers continue to tackle road safety in the district. 

Operation Hawmill saw 443 people prosecuted for the ‘fatal four offences’, which includes 200 people caught not wearing a seatbelt and 157 people caught speeding. 

There were also 62 illegal vehicles taken off the roads and 37 people arrested with a total of 687 road safety outcomes between May 2021 and March 2022. 

The operation, which is funded by the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership, is continuing to make a difference, with officers targeting motorists speeding, driving above the drink or drug limit, motorists using a phone while driving and driving without a seatbelt. 

Through ward forums and community meetings with partners, officers are able to focus on both enforcement and education regarding the ‘fatal four’ but also the antisocial use of motor vehicles in the district. 

In response to community concerns around the time and location of such offences, Operation Hawmill has responded to this by ensuring 90% of patrols are conducting in the evenings and in area highlighted by members of the public. 

The work conducted through Operation Hawmill, is in addition to the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Patrols officer and Roads Policing Officers.

Co-chair of the Road Safety Delivery Group, Inspector Ben Doughty, said:

“I am thrilled to announce we have secured further funding for Operation Hawmill, through the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership, who have agreed to fund the Operation for a further 12 months. 

“We listen to the public when they tell us that they are concerned about road safety, so we are pleased to have the funding to continue to combat bad driving on Calderdale’s roads.
“Officers are continuing to tackle the anti-social use of motor vehicle as well as the fatal four offences, alongside colleagues from the Fire Service, Calderdale Council and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. 

“Over the years we have seen an increase in awareness of Operation Hawmill, and an increased awareness of the risks associated with bad driving, however motorists still put themselves, other road users and pedestrians at risk through dangerous driving. 

“We will prosecute anyone who continues to put themselves and others at risk, and you will face points on your licence, a fine, having your vehicle seized or ending up in court if you flout the basic laws of driving.”

As well as regular officer deployments under Operation Hawmill and enforcement work through the Road Safety Delivery Group, officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Unit, response teams and neighbourhood policing teams continue to tackle antisocial and dangerous driving on a daily basis. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said:

“We share residents’ concerns about dangerous driving and do all we can to raise awareness of the potentially fatal consequences of this incredibly serious offence.

“Operation Hawmill continues to be a great success and working with our public sector colleagues as part of the Community Safety Partnership, we’ve been able to focus on both enforcement and education.

“It’s fantastic that this important work has received funding for at least another 12 months, allowing us to continue to respond to the issues that matter most to local people.”

You can keep up to date with the results of the operations on Twitter, by searching #CalderdaleRoadSafety, #SaferCalderdale and #OpHawmill. 

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