THIS evening (Friday December 12), police officers from Shirley and the Solihull Road Policing Unit (RPU) will be working with the local authority in a public reassurance exercise and road safety check outside the front of Shirley Police Station.
Not only will this form part of the West Midlands Police Christmas Drink Drive Campaign, but officers will also be targeting private hire and hackney carriage vehicles with a view to checking their road worthiness and making travelling by local taxi a safer experience.
Vehicles will be pulled into the site at random and a series of winter road safety checks will be carried out by qualified examiners. Drivers that are suspected of having been drinking alcohol will also be breathalysed.
Following a slight increase in local complaints about anti-social driving amongst local youths in modified cars, officers will also be targeting these inexperienced drivers and offering them road safety advice.
Acting Sergeant Martin Williams from Shirley police station said: “This is a classic example of how the Police can work with other partners, and in this case Solihull Council, to achieve many local priority objectives.
“We intend to make drivers, passengers and pedestrians in Shirley and surrounding areas as safe as possible.
“We hope this initiative will remind the public of their individual responsibilities to ensure they are within the law when driving and in the case of taxies, that passengers are safe. This initiative is just one of the methods used to achieve this aim.”
All vehicles stopped will be provided with a crime prevention leaflets.