The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging the new government to “increase its efforts in promoting road safety” by giving targeted enforcement a higher priority.
The IAM says UK road casualty figures for 2014 are “shaping up to show an increase in deaths and injuries”, and to counter this the charity believes the new government “must make road traffic policing a core priority function” for police forces and commissioners in England and Wales.
In a survey conducted by the IAM in April 2015, more than 45% of the 2,700 respondents wanted an increase in the number of police officers in marked vehicles to enforce traffic laws.
Top offences that respondents want to see the police tackle include mobile phone use at the wheel (72%), drink and drug-driving (65%), aggressive and angry drivers (50%) and tailgating (42%).
64% of respondents want more traffic police on all major urban roads; and 44% supported new consultation “to reflect the growing support for a lower limit”.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “The government cannot afford to be complacent about road safety and a lot more needs to be done to address major road offences through the enforcement of existing legislation and full use of police powers.
“The IAM supports an increase in the number of high profile road policing officers and a zero tolerance approach to the enforcement of traffic laws.”