The UK has suffered a gradual and damaging decline in traffic policing, meaning offenders, including drink and drug drivers, mobile phone users, and people who don’t belt up, know there is a chance they will ‘get away with it’.
This is no surprise, because roads policing is not a political priority - it features low down the list in national policing plans by the Home Office.
Technology, most notably average speed cameras and Automatic Number Plate Recognition, has been implemented and saved many lives - but could be used much more.
Worryingly, fixed speed cameras are being removed in some areas for political reasons, despite the revenue they generate and lives they save. Roadside drugalysers are still not in use. Crash investigations are often inadequate - there are no statutory standards for investigation, and there is no national crash investigation agency. There is also under-resourcing of enforcement of truck and bus safety, which is of critical importance given the size and weight of these vehicles and requires specialist officers using specialist equipment.
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Letter to Policing Minister Nick Herbert on police pursuits policy, 1.02.11
Comedian David Mitchell says 'You can't play fast and loose with speed!', 10.05.10
Brake's response to the government's Road Safety Compliance Consultation 27.02.09
The government's Road Safety Compliance Consultation, closed 27 February 2009
Article about police safety campaigns reducing road deaths in the North of England - The Times 29.07.08
Article about poor levels of road policing in the Metropolitan Police's magazine 'Metline' 2.04.07
Parliamentary Transport Select Committee's recommendations on road policing and Government response 6.02.07
Brake's presentation to the Association of Chief Police Officers' road policing conference, 1.10.06
Brake's oral evidence to the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee inquiry into traffic policing 8.3.06
Brake's written response to the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee Inquiry into traffic policing 14.2.06
Parliamentary Transport Select Committee Inquiry into traffic policing 25.1.06
Home Office's 'National Community Safety Plan' identifying implementation of the ACPO Roads Policing Strategy as a key action 1.1.05
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