14 danger drivers arrested in Bradford in crackdown on bad driving (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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14 arrests as public complain that driving standards across the city are falling
A driver who sped past an unmarked police car was one of 14 motorists arrested in Bradford in a new crackdown on bad driving.
Operation Slickdale has also seen officers seize 21 vehicles for offences including no insurance and they have recovered a stolen car.
Police said they were determined to put the brakes on bad driving.
The six-week operation was launched at the end of last month and is a drive by police to make communities feel safer by tackling those who drive discourteously, carelessly or recklessly and combating the anti-social use of vehicles, particularly those without insurance. It aims to disrupt and frustrate criminals who use vehicles to commit crime and gain intelligence on them.
Officers witnessed one motorist overtaking a queue of traffic on the wrong side of the road and then cutting in front and another who overtook an unmarked police car at speed. Both were arrested.
Chief Superintendent Angela Williams said she was pleased at the results of the operation so far but warned criminals there was much more to come.
She said: “Our communities have told us they are really concerned about the deterioriation in standards of driving across the city.
“We hope Operation Slickdale will show them, and those who commit motoring offences, that we mean business.
“We are working with the local authority, which is able to look at longer-term solutions in road layout and design as we are unable to have officers on every street 24 hours a day.
“By tackling bad driving we will make Bradford a safer place and our communities will feel safer. This will help to enhance public confidence and reassurance.
“We’ve made some good arrests so far but our message is clear: we won’t let up in our mission to drive bad driving out of Bradford.”
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