West Midlands police target bad drivers

Oct 13 2009
West Midlands Police have launched a "concentrated blitz" on drivers who ignore traffic laws in part of Birmingham.
The force said the zero tolerance crackdown, lasting two weeks, would target drivers in the Sparkbrook and Sparkhill areas after complaints from residents, businesses and schools that many motorists are flagrantly disregarding parking and driving laws.
A police spokesman said the areas had also been identified by the DVLA as being among the worst in the city for vehicles failing to display tax discs or to have insurance.
Inspector Sally Seely, of the Sparkhill neighbourhood team, said: "Lawless would not be too strong an expression to describe the attitude of a lot of drivers in those areas.
"We have given repeated warnings but nothing seems to sink in, so now we are going on the front foot."
Insp Seeley added: "Drivers are parking where they like even though a few hundred yards down the road there is a legal parking space.
"This causes a lot of anguish for people living and working nearby and it is something we are determined to stop."