Costly short cut for drivers

PC Simon Dobson warning motorists in Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse, about using an access only road
PC Simon Dobson warning motorists in Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse, about using an access only road

IT proved to be an expensive shortcut for motorists ignoring road signs.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team have been taking tough action against motorists who fail to obide by the signs for limited or restricted access.

In just over a month more than 60 tickets have been issued to motorists in Barfield Road, Hipperholme, Alegar Street, Brighouse, Sutcliffe Wood Lane, Hove Edge, Brookville/Goergoe Street, Hipperholme and Exley Street, Elland.

The worst is Alegar Street where a total of 34 tickets have been handed out by officers, each with a £30 fine, during three separate visits.

On February 15, during a two-hour period, 20 tickets were issued and on March 12, six more were issued during 45 minutes and again on March 21 another eight tickets were handed out in 35 minutes.

Eleven tickets were issued in two hours at Barfield Road on March 22 and a further seven tickets were issued on the same day at Brookville/George Street at Hipperholme, just across the road from the exit of Barfield Road.

Four tickets were issued at Sutcliffe Wood Lane in 35 minutes on March 7 and ten tickets were issued in one hour at Exley Street, Elland.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the team, said the restrictions were in place for a reason. “Although we have spent a bit of time on enforcement action it is not as if we have had to wait hours and hours to spot people breaking the laws. It’s almost as if motorists are queuing up and waiting to be issued with the ticket. I want to send to a strong warning out to motorists that this behaviour will not be tolerated and we will be taking action.”

Another area the police will be monitoring is Brighouse Wood Lane.