TFWM introduces clampdown on spitting incidents

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Transport for the West Midlands has stated that people caught spitting at bus drivers or passengers are increasingly likely to be caught and face jail sentences. Common assault incidents such as this have increased in frequency over the last year. Male bus drivers have increasingly been the target, while 10% of attacks have also been racially aggravated. Measures to address this include issuing DNA spit kits to all driver so they can gather DNA evidence following an incident, regular electronic bulletins to bus company staff highlighting incidents, arrests and successful prosecutions, and covering talk holes in driver screens since the coronavirus outbreak began. The combination of DNA evidence and security camera coverage means there is a 75% chance of identifying attackers.

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