Police forces have been asked to ditch traditional camera enforcement for a new approach which would increase the threat of detection. A new report from experts at Road Safety Support has recommended that mobile speed camera vans should be used more widely.
“A clear link was identified with these very risky acts and an increased risk of fatal and serious collisions which creates devastation to everybody involved.
“But also to an already stretched NHS who are abstracted away from Covid-19 patients to deal with the consequences of the collision.”
He added: “Speeding remains the biggest risk to road safety and should be the number one focus and priority for traffic enforcement.”
Police forces in Northumbria, Essex, Wales and North Yorkshire have already made changes to their enforcement strategies based on the recommendations of the scheme.
Trevor Hall, Managing Director of Road Safety Support said that deaths were “avoidable” if drivers took responsibility.
He said: “Police forces and safer roads partnerships have very effective technology at their fingertips that we know reduces casualties; we have the evidence.
“We just need to adopt a new strategy to use it more efficiently and, through regular, proactive communications, help the public to understand that if they speed or commit other offences on the roads, there is every chance that they will be caught.
“This year, people have started to take responsibility for their actions to protect themselves and others from Covid-19, and they need to realise that road safety is just as serious.
“The shocking number of road deaths that we are still seeing on our roads each year are avoidable, if we all take responsibility for our actions.”
Published at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:48:44 +0000