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"End cuts to life saving roads policing," says collision injuries solicitor
A road safety expert has called for government action to put an end to the numbers of traffic police being slashed across the country after road safety charity Brake, revealed traffic police numbers have been cut by 11.6% in just five years.
Joanna Bailey, a spokesperson for road safety charity Brake and an expert in road collision injuries said: “Traffic police carry out life-saving enforcement catching dangerous drivers who think it is acceptable to endanger people’s lives by for instance, getting behind the wheel when impaired by drink or drugs.
“The dramatic cuts we are seeing across the UK are six times greater than the 1.8% cuts that have been made to overall police numbers since 2007,” said Joanna, a partner at the firm. “We see so many needless casualties that lead to unimaginable suffering for the families left behind and these levels of cuts only encourage drivers to believe they can get away with this type of life-threatening illegal behaviour.”
Last week the Association of Chief Police Officers illustrated the importance of roads policing by releasing the results from its Christmas breath-testing campaign. Last month, forces in England and Wales breath-tested nearly 157,000 drivers, with 5% testing positive. This was an 8% fall in the number of breath tests carried out in the same period in 2010. A survey conducted last year by Brake and Direct Line revealed that 53% of drivers think there is less than a one in four chance of being caught drink driving.
“It is widely accepted that traffic law enforcement is highly effective in deterring potentially dangerous behaviour including the use of unroadworthy vehicles or mobile phones behind the wheel as well as drink and drug driving,” said Joanna. “There is compelling international evidence that shows steps such as increasing the numbers of breath tests for example, have been shown to lead to a reduction in drink drive casualties.
“Everyday in the UK, five people die on our roads and over 60 are seriously injured,” added Joanna. “We know that money is tight right now but rather than dramatically slashing the numbers of traffic police patrolling our roads, it is crucial the government makes road policing a national policing priority as the cost of cutting back far outweighs the benefits of investing in such an important front line service.”
Joanna appeared on BBC Breakfast news on 27 January to discuss this issue.
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