An article in the Independent (1 Feb) suggests that new figures from the DfT to be published later this week will show a “continued spike” in road KSIs.
In the article the Police Federation says the increase in road deaths for a third consecutive quarter is down to a reduction in the number of traffic police officers.
DfT figures released in November 2014 for the first half of the year (Jan-June 2014) showed a 3% year on year increase in road deaths and 4% increase in KSIs.
The Independent says the roads minister Robert Goodwill has “laid the ground for bad news” and warned of a “rise” in fatalities.
Jayne Willetts, Police Federation lead on traffic, told the Independent: “Police officers are absolutely frustrated by the rise in fatalities because, at the end of the day, we need more officers in marked cars acting as a deterrent.
“We welcome hi-tech developments, including the emerging smart motorway network, but the increasing reliance on automated technology and cameras can’t compensate for the decline in traffic police, who are the most effective way of combating dangerous drivers, drink drivers and people using mobile phones while driving.”
The article also includes contributions from Edmund King (AA), Neil Greig (IAM), Louise Ellman MP (chair of the Transport Select Committee) and David Davies (PACTS) all of whom express concern at the levels of roads policing.