ONE year on from its launch, the Telegraph & Argus Stop the Danger Drivers campaign is set to be raised in Parliament today.

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, is planning to refer to the campaign when she speaks in a debate about sentencing guidelines for dangerous driving.

The T&A initiative began on November 30 last year, on the back of continuous incidents of bad, and often deadly, driving across Bradford district.

The aim was to highlight the madness taking over the roads and to call for more action from the authorities.

Two months after the campaign started, West Yorkshire Police introduced its Operation Steerside crackdown on dangerous drivers across Bradford - which has now snared 6,102 drivers in ten months.

Stop the Danger Drivers has won support from MPs, prominent organisations and charities, and victims and perpetrators of bad driving.

Mrs Cummins said: “The success of the T&A’s campaign has been second to none. In just a few months, momentum to tackle this terrible blight on our local communities has continued to grow.

“The police have laid down a clear mark, through the recent crackdown across the district, that dangerous drivers are not welcome in Bradford and will be punished swiftly and severely.”

She added: “Today I intend to raise the T&A’s campaign in Parliament, during an important debate on sentencing guidelines for dangerous driving. Over the coming months I will continue to press Government ministers to make our roads safer through tougher action, including by looking into strengthening sentences for those who recklessly and selfishly flout the rules of our roads.”

Bradford West MP Naz Shah backed Mrs Cummins’ plans, and said: “I would like to congratulate the T&A on the successful campaign, and I would like to thank the community.

“The communities and agencies have to respond, so I commend them for that. “It is crucial we now look at the next level and what is going to be achieved. What has been achieved so far is awesome.”

Superintendent Damien Miller, of Bradford police, said: “Partnerships are key to successful policing and we are pleased to be working with the Telegraph & Argus and other agencies in improving the standards of driving in Bradford.

“This work will continue as we are committed to making the district’s roads safer by targeting those who drive dangerously and anti-socially.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, transport portfolio holder at Bradford Council, said: “Since the Stop Danger Drivers campaign launched the issue has risen up the agenda here in Bradford massively.


“Sadly the amount of incidents on our roads show there’s still a lot of work to do educating drivers and catching and punishing those who refuse to drive safely. So while we can celebrate a successful first year we’ve still got a lot of work to do together to stop this blight on our roads.”

Zari’aat Masood, of road safety charity Brake, said: “We welcome this milestone, but there is still work to be done. Investment in road safety is vital and helps to prevent crashes and casualties, which devastate families and entire communities.

“We urge the Government to keep investing in road policing, and treat it as a priority: it saves lives.”