GEM Motoring Assist is urging the Government to reverse the decline in traffic police numbers following a survey in which two-thirds of respondents identified “a properly funded police service” as the most effective casualty reduction measure.
In the survey of 600 GEM members, 94% of respondents said road casualty numbers would continue to rise “because they did not trust the Government to treat the issue as a priority”.
Asked which single measure would be most effective in reducing casualties, 66% chose a properly funded traffic police service; 18% opted for a graduated driving licence scheme for new drivers; 8% suggested a reduction in the drink-drive limit; and 5% called for annual eyesight testing for drivers.
Only 3% of respondents identified an increase in “automatic enforcement” as the most effective measure – and just 8% said automated enforcement could replace the physical police presence on the roads.
David Williams, GEM chief executive, said: “It’s highly unlikely that anyone will establish a precise provable link between the decline in traffic police numbers and the increase in casualties.
“But as long as roads policing resources are allowed to dwindle, we can expect casualty numbers to rise further. This is an unacceptable situation, which we believe should be dealt with as a top Government priority, right now.”