The RAC Report on Motoring 2015 has been released and it shows one of the prime concerns for motorists is the lack of police on the streets. 62% of drivers surveyed believe that there are not enough police on the roads to enforce driving laws and the reduction in the number of road and traffic police has been cited several times as the reason for a rise in road deaths and casualties in 2015.
The RAC Report on Motoring 2015 was released on September 8th and took detailed answers from over 1500 drivers. It found that as well as these drivers believing there weren’t enough police, 79% of them also believed there was absolutely no point in increasing penalties and punitive measures until there is enough effective enforcement to support any changes and back them up.
Traffic Police Numbers Fall
The Ministry of Justice released details earlier in 2015 that the number of traffic officers fell by 22.7% between 2010 and 2014 and this has to have had some impact on the safety of our roads and the ability of those officers left to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities.
More dedicated traffic officers can help protect our roads and put an end to dangerous driving and other unsafe driving which leads to road traffic accidents.
Drug and Drink Driving Statistics
In addition to their concerns about the police presence on the roads, drivers have also shared their own behaviour towards drug and drink driving. There has been a 4% increase in the number of respondents admitting to drug driving, perhaps due to the new laws making it much more difficult to ‘get away with it’ and this figure now stands at 6%. In addition to this the report found that 37% of those surveyed believe the new drug driving laws will make no difference to drug drivers themselves.
The report also found that as many as 18% of all motorists surveyed say they think or they know they had driven their vehicle whilst over the drink driving limit in the last year which is an increase of 1% on last year and this is obviously a worry as efforts to reduce drink driving and raise awareness of its dangers are not having an effect across the board. Of this group younger drivers were found to be more likely to drink-drive and whilst these figures seemed quite high, 56% of all respondents also stated that they believe the government should be doing more to tackle drink driving, with the suggestion of a lower limit included.
The annual RAC report provides food for thought for the whole motoring industry and it’s clear, if the government want to see improvement on the roads, motorists themselves think there needs to be more, not less, police around the enforce their measures.