Upper Valley Priority Update
Working in partnership to keep people safe - engage, explain, encourage and enforce the current COVID 19 legislation
Across Calderdale we have continued to work with the community explaining the Government legislation and guidance as the situation has progressed.
If you are unsure of the legislation, full details can be found on the Government website - https://www.gov.uk/
To tackle the increased use of illegal off road bikes in the Upper Valley
Patrols have been conducted when possible around the main areas for where we get calls, Gorpley Moor, Rishworth Moor and Mankinholes Moor on weekends.
4 warning letters have been sent to registered keepers of vehicles believed to be transporting off road bikes into the Rishworth Moor area.
PC Mayhew, Ward Officer for the area is also linking in with Highways England in relation to obtaining an A frame barrier on the foot bridge over the M62 motorway near to junction 22 where it is believed the riders are accessing Rishworth moor and beyond and he is also liaising with Greater Manchester Police and off road venues in their area to identify riders who attend the moorland as it is believed that the majority are the riders are from this area.
Road Safety throughout the Upper Valley
NPT officers have been carried out speed checks using SID (speed indication device) on Rochdale Road and Sowerby New Road in Sowerby Bridge. 1/3rd of vehicles checked were recorded as travelling above the limit, the highest speed being 41mph. Checks were also carried out on Rochdale Road in Ripponden Village near to Rylands Park junction. Again a high percentage of vehicles were recorded travelling above the limit, the highest speed was 49mph.
As a result enforcement action will now be undertaken by Police Officers and Special Constables and anyone found exceeding the limit with be fined.
Special Constable Activity
Special Constable Chapman and his colleagues carried out enforcement on Burnley Road, Cornholme, Burney Road, Mytholmroyd and in Triangle Village.
12 motorists were stopped and advised, 14 tickets were issued for speeding and 1 vehicle defect notice was issued.
NPT Days of Action
October was National Tyre Safety Month and PC Fleming and colleagues carried out a number of days of action during which the tyres of 95 vehicles were checked. We are happy to report that all were road legal.
The officers also issued a ticket to a driver for driving out due care and attention and also issued the driver with a S.59 warning for their manner of driving. 1 driver was issued with a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.
Operation Hawmill was deployed in Luddendenfoot, Mytholmroyd, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Sowerby Village.
2 tickets issued for speeding, 2 x using mobile phone, 13 x not wearing seatbelt, 1 for no insurance and 1 for no mot. 4 vehicles were seized for no insurance and 3 persons arrested for driving OPL drink or drugs. 1 driver was reported for summons for failing to stop.
11 other drivers were arrested between 15 September and 17 November for driving OPL drink or drugs and have since been charged to attend court. Others have also been arrested and enquiries are ongoing pending forensic results.