The Department of Transport calculates the cost of each fatal accident at over £2 million, and each serious injury accident on our roads at around a quarter of a million. With the human and financial costs of accidents being so high, there is an economic case for funding a permanent road traffic office to patrol Calderdale’s highways, for equipping local Police officers with mobile speed guns and empowering local communities to request speed cameras are installed.
Dangerous driving and speeding is one of the number one complaints we get from residents on the door step.
Campaign successes so far We have successfully campaigned to secure £100,000 in next year's Council budget to help West Yorkshire fund a Traffic cop for Calderdale. However this is just some one of temporary funding. The Government and Police and Crime Commissioner need to step up to the plate and ensure there is a permanent Police presence on our roads to take dangerous speeding, drug dealers, uninsured drivers, joy riders off our streets.
We the undersigned call on Calderdale Council, the Government and West Yorkshire Police to:
- Provide funding for a dedicated road traffic officer in Calderdale.
- Funding for local neighbourhood policing team officers to be equipped with mobile speed guns.
- Give local communities the power to request a speed camera is installed.