VIDEO: Police plan to cut road deaths

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Police have launched a month-long operation to reduce fatal road accidents.

Operation Orewood is aimed at highlighting the ‘fatal four’, the main causes of death in road traffic collisions, which are speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt and distractions such as using a mobile phone.

Police are launching a new campaign aimed at highlighting the four main causes of death or serious injury in road traffic collisions. (W511A345)

Police are launching a new campaign aimed at highlighting the four main causes of death or serious injury in road traffic collisions. (W511A345)

The campaign, which was launched last Friday, will see officers from West Yorkshire Police’s three road policing teams using marked and unmarked police cars to target drivers who are committing the offences.

Officers, who have already seized a number of vehicles and issued numerous tickets, will be targeting parts of Pontefract on Friday.

The teams will be tweeting regular updates with the hashtag #fatalfour.

Sgt Andy Muskett, who is heading up the operation, said: “Operation Orewood will be taking place on roads in every town and every village across the force. We’ll be out in marked and unmarked cars and at static sites to educate drivers about the four main factors that contribute to fatal incidents.

“Some people often say we are being petty targeting drivers for not wearing a seat belt or for minor traffic offences when there are more important crimes going on. But if you are involved in a crash, then not wearing a seat belt could be the difference between life and death.”

Ch Insp Mark Bownass, who leads the roads policing units, said: “People are still committing these offences. When I am driving it doesn’t take long before I spot someone using their mobile phone, speeding or not wearing a seat belt. Sometimes these factors result in fatalities. We want to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured. We don’t want to have to knock on doors to tell someone that their loved one had died.”

To read the #fatalfour tweets, follow @WYP_RPU on Twitter.