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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Road safety week - DROPS initiative

BIFFA, Merseyside Police and Wirral Council have joined forces to improve road safety on the roads of Merseyside. The DROPS initiative, Driving Recklessly On Pavements, has been operating in several areas in the UK and enables Biffa operatives to report examples of dangerous and careless driving to Police Forces who then investigate the cases and take appropriate action. Evidence is obtained by the CCTV systems fitted to Biffa vehicles and is provided to Police. It will now operate across the Merseyside area.

Every year, Biffa staff are placed in danger by drivers who drive onto pavements and grass verges instead of waiting whilst refuse bins are collected and emptied.

DROPS is part of the Merseyside Police strategy to reduce the number of casualties on the roads of Merseyside via partnership working and enforcement and is addition to the increased use of unmarked vehicles and dedicated operations to address those drivers who cause and contribute to casualty numbers.

Driving related incidents reported to MSOC Roads Policing under the DROPS initiative will be assessed, taking into account all available evidence. Outcomes may include:-

► Prosecution.

► National Driver Offender Rehabilitation Scheme (NDORS).

► Written letter to registered keeper of 'offending' vehicle.

Biffa business manager Gary Robinson underlined the importance of Police support for the DROPS campaign:- "Every day, my crews put their trust, and their lives, in the hands of other drivers. Sadly, a minority of impatient drivers abuse that trust by driving on pavements to get around our collection vehicles, so risking the lives of my crews and members of the public. The support and proactive involvement of Merseyside Police and Wirral Council's road safety team makes an enormous difference. Biffa staff know that the power of the police is there to back them up, helping to make their job safer on Wirral's streets and roads."

Sgt Paul Mountford from the Merseyside Police Matrix Roads Policing Unit said:- "DROPS enables us to better identify and deal with those drivers whose dangerous, impatient and thoughtless actions place Biffa operatives doing their jobs and the general public at risk. We will adopt a 0 tolerance approach to these individuals. They have no place on the roads of Merseyside, only those drivers who, by their actions place others at risk need to be concerned. They will include not only those who drive onto pavements, but also those who obstruct the pavements for pedestrians, forcing them to walk in the road. Pavements are for people, not cars."


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