Government urged to crackdown on traffic offenders

9th October 2013

Road safety charity Brake has called for the government to increase the number of specialist road policing units to ensure persistent traffic offenders are taken off the UK's roads.

Almost all, 99 per cent, of motorists responding to a survey conducted by the organisation in conjunction with Direct Line, said they were safe when behind the wheel.

However, 69 per cent of drivers said that they break the rules while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Perhaps more worryingly, 35 per cent of motorists breaking traffic laws do so because they believe they have the skills to cope with the additional danger, while 33 per cent are caught out because they do not pay attention.

As five people are killed and 63 seriously injured every day on the UK's roads, the organisations have called for extra caution among drivers.

Brake has also urged the government to implement deterrents to stop motorists breaking the law while on the road.

It believes more funding is required for specialist roads policing, the number of which have reduced in recent years.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: "Traffic laws exist to protect people from death and injury, and staying within them is a fundamental responsibility for everyone who drives. We are calling on drivers to make Brake's Pledge to always drive safely and legally, to help reduce the number of people needlessly killed and hurt on our roads."

The road safety organisation believes further action is needed to tighten up the current penalty points system to ensure drivers totting up 12 points are removed from the roads immediately. A recent freedom of information request indicated that some drivers continue to hold a driving licence despite having up to 40 penalty points.

Currently, around 8,000 drivers in Great Britain with 12 points or more have been allowed to keep their licence due to 'exceptional hardship', a loophole Brake has called for the government to put an end to.