Roughly half of those who admitted doing so cited inattention as the reason, while the vast majority of the others admitted doing so deliberately, “because they think they can get away with it or do not agree with the laws”.
Brake says UK roads are becoming “increasingly lawless territory”, and that police officers say they have been forced to “retreat” from motorways, major and rural roads.
Brake is calling on the new government after the General Election to reverse this trend and make traffic enforcement a national policing priority, and give “greater impetus to bringing casualties down and making streets safer”.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “Law breaking on our roads is not just down to a minority but endemic.
“For whatever reason, many seem to feel they are beyond the law or that traffic laws are somehow optional. This represents a failure by government to ensure traffic policing is receiving adequate priority and to make clear the importance and legitimacy of traffic laws.
“Whoever takes power after 7 May needs to make traffic policing a national policing priority, to ensure there is a strong deterrent against risky law-breaking on roads.
“We also need to see road safety given greater political priority, to set casualties falling once more and deliver safer streets for communities everywhere. That means reintroducing road casualty reduction targets, and working harder to win the ideological battle, to ensure everyone who gets behind the wheel understands why the rules exist and accepts their responsibility to abide by them and keep people safe.”