Police traffic cuts

A charity says traffic police cuts in the region could mean drink and drug drivers get away with it.

Cutting road policing numbers will cost more in future

Road safety charity Brake says cutting road police officer numbers will cost more in the future. it comes as figures reveal the average number of police officers cut in Yorkshire is 24 per cent.

β€œIt is desperately worrying such large cuts continue to be made to traffic policing, just as progress is being made to improve the law on deadly drug driving. Roads police officers do a vital job enforcing important safety laws and protecting the public – their work is proven to save lives and prevent injuries and suffering. Cutting traffic police is a false economy, because the crashes and casualties they help to prevent inflict such devastation and are a huge drain on public services.

"These cuts also undermine important progress being made by government to tackle drug driving – because as much as we need a new drug driving law and screening devices, we also need the officers out there to enforce it. We urge the government to make roads policing a national policing priority, to make sure we have a strong deterrent against the risk-taking on roads that can easily cost lives.”

– Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake

Road policing cuts in the region

Road Safety charity brake says the reduction in road police officers will cause more accidents - and even deaths.

List of reductions in road police officers by area

  • North Yorkshire - 26.68 per cent reduction
  • South Yorkshire - 29.78 reduction
  • West Yorkshire - 16.8 per cent reduction
  • Lincolnshire - 5.07 per cent reduction
  • Derbyshire - 25.95 per cent reduction

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Charity says traffic police cuts could mean lives are lost

A charity says traffic police cuts in the region could mean drink and drug drivers get away with it.

Traffic police numbers in Yorkshire have dropped on average by twenty four per cent between two thousand and eight and two thousand and twelve. Charity Brake says lives could be lost.

Overall, between 2008 and 2012 traffic police officers across Great Britain decreased by 12 per cent.