Police in West Yorkshire issue warning to drivers after rise in road deaths


Police in West Yorkshire have issued a video to the public urging them to ‘think for a second’ about their driving.

Officers from the Major Collision and Enquiry Team (MCET) – the unit that investigates serious and fatal road traffic collisions on the roads of West Yorkshire - made the plea following an increase number of fatal road traffic incidents this year.

From the start of the year until June 30 there were 43 fatal road traffic collisions (resulting in 47 deaths) in West Yorkshire compared to 27 fatal road traffic collisions (27 deaths) for the same period last year.

Officers have filmed the footage to try and prompt people to think about how they are driving and whether or not they should be behind the wheel.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths is in charge of the Major Collision and Enquiry Team: “One of the hardest jobs a police officer has to do is to visit relatives and tell them a loved one has died.

“It is that much harder for relatives to deal with when that death could have been easily prevented. So if you have to tell a mother that her son has died because a driver was too tired and lost his concentration it makes it that bit more difficult to deal with.

“The point of this video is to ask people to stop and think about their driving or that of their loved ones.

“Sometimes we release ‘hard-hitting’ messages which very much have their place but Fiona and Ann – the two sergeants at MCET have deliberately chosen to have a conversation with people to ask them to stop and think.

“The messages are very straight-forward but might be about subjects people haven’t previously thought about – can that hay fever medicine you are taking make you drowsy? If so, should you be driving? A split second error of judgement could have fatal consequences.

“We MOT our cars but do we check ourselves? Or are you fit to drive but a loved one not? It’s about having that conversation with them – it might be difficult – but it’s a lot better than having to deal with the potential consequences."

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