#MORSE, a new initiative to make roads safer throughout West Mercia launches today, the official Emergency Services Day (999 Day).

#MORSE aims to focus on individuals who are repeatedly committing driving offences, as well as those who are at risk of offending.

It will provide tailored support to address the root causes of dangerous driving, to minimise the likelihood of repeat offending, reduce the number of victims on our roads, and make our local communities a safer place to be. It aims to target all types of driving offences including speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and dangerous driving.  

#MORSE is funded the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and delivered by the partnership of YSS, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WWMCRC).

People will be referred to YSS via West Mercia Police and WWMCRC, or through routes such as drug and alcohol agencies and local colleges; 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.

Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, said: “Too many people are losing their lives on our roads. I am committed to making the roads of West Mercia safer, which is why I am supporting #MORSE.

“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, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership to deliver #MORSE throughout West Mercia. 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. This unique service in collaboration with John Campion’s office, the fire service and the police will host a number of workers from the 3 agencies to work together on road safety, and make West Mercia country and urban roads safer for everyone. Findings from this pilot project will be shared when it is completed in two years’ time.” 

Contact #MORSE

For more information about #MORSE, or to make a referral, please contact:

Chris Cosgrove – Senior Link Worker

[email protected]

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07717 766153