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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

“We’re not having it!” Putting the handbrake on dangerous driving

Councilors eager to stop speeding in Kirklees

Councilor amongst councilors to curb the rise of speeding drivers and dangerous parking within the local area.

The local councilors within the region of Batley and Spen are very concerned on how the rise of speeders is not only dangerous but taking the lives of people.

West Yorkshire police will be deployed in certain regions where speeding has occurred in the past. This will be done to tackle and prosecute drivers who are caught immediately if they are caught in the act.

The scheme itself will be funded through the ‘Members Local Project Fund’ to clamp down on the rise of speeders.

Councilors within the region have agreed to all fund this cause as most of Kirklees is having an impact. The hotspot of areas where most of the funding will go to is Birstall and Birkenshaw, Batley West, Batley East, Liversidge & Gomersal, Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton.

There are many councilors who have opted into the scheme and few of them are; Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cllr Gwen Lowe, Cllr Lisa Holmes and one who is avid to make a success and tackle the prosecutors is Cllr Steve Hall.

The Labour Councilor, Steve Hall explained after the recent death of a woman earlier in July fueled him even more to take part as he mentioned the death of this lady was not only someone who lived relatively close to his home but someone who was in fact his ex-mother-in-law.

The 69-year-old woman was hit by a car whilst crossing the road in Heckmondwike. Air ambulances tried to save her but unfortunately, she died at the scene.

Cllr Steve Hall expressed, “These are serious accidents which are happening across Kirklees.

“The scheme will contribute some money to the special areas which will take place and catch some of these people who are speeding.

When asked about the importance of the scheme he explained, “fingers crossed we can get these people and have them all prosecuted because we’ve had enough, we’re not putting up with it anymore. It is not just councilors but residents who are getting amped and having a go at local councilors.

He finally adds, “we’re hoping people will start to drive properly and not drive like lunatics. Unfortunately, it’s taken this lady to be killed for this to happen. Which in my view, it’s a death too many but I do know it’s also happened before. Drivers are treating roads and lanes like racetracks and its not acceptable, we won’t put up with it any longer”.

Councilor Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for learning, aspiration and communities also expressed: “Road safety and tackling dangerous driving is of a paramount importance to residents and I wholeheartedly agree with them.

“The councilor funded operations shows the commitment from my colleagues to create safer roads for our residents and I very much welcome this approach. I would like to thank West Yorkshire Police for all of their support with helping us deliver these operations and for the work they do on a daily basis to keep our roads safe”.

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