Police initiative aims to prevent dangerous driving behaviours

A new police initiative aims to make the roads safer by focusing on motorists who have committed several driving offences and those who are at risk of re-offending.

Launched by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, #MORSE will provide tailored support to address the root causes of dangerous driving and minimise the likelihood of repeat offending.

All types of driving offences will be included in the initiative, including speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and dangerous driving.

#MORSE is funded the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and jointly delivered by West Mercia Police, Worcester-based charity YSS, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WMCRC).

People will be referred to YSS via West Mercia Police and WMCRC. The charity’s dedicated link workers will then work with the client and the fire services, as well as external agencies including substance misuse and counselling organisations, to provide the most appropriate and effective support.

West Mercia Police covers the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin) and Worcestershire.

Campion said: “This initiative will use a joined-up approach to target those most at risk of offending, and ensure they are given the right support to stop this dangerous behaviour from happening again. By addressing the root causes, I hope to see #MORSE reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, as well as cutting the number of road traffic offences.”

Catherine Kevis, YSS chief executive, added: “Statistics suggest that the value of prevention for a serious road traffic accident is £229,000, and with most accidents caused by speeding, distraction and drink driving — behaviours that can be prevented — YSS can deploy its experience of working with people towards adopting safer behaviours.

“As a preventative service, #MORSE will provide a supportive one-to-one approach to help people take responsibility for their behaviour, understand the consequences of their actions and modify their attitude.”

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