IAM calls for more targeted approach to tackling road offences

IAM calls for more targeted approach to tackling road offences 18th June 2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for the new government to do more to tackle major road offences, claiming that targeted approaches to certain offences would help to reduce the number of deaths and major injuries on British roads. 

It comes as the IAM waits for the newest official figures on road casualties from 2014. It said that it fears the number of people injured or killed last year will have risen from the thousands that were recorded in 2013. 

Last week, it was revealed that police across England and Wales are now targeting those who drink drive across the summer, as the Association of Chief Police Officers seeks to drive home the message that this behaviour is dangerous and cannot be tolerated. 

However, IAM wants to see more major offences tackled in this way, and has said that the government should be looking at what areas it can target in the next five years. It comes just weeks after IAM also reported that it was disappointed at the way none of the major parties had made road safety a real issue in the run up to the election. 

The charity also said that the average British driver backs the demands for more targeted work from police officers on UK roads. Some 45 per cent of respondents to a survey on road safety said they wanted to see more marked police cars on roads across the UK. 

“The government cannot afford to be complacent about road safety and a lot more needs to be done to address major road offences through the enforcement of existing legislation and full use of police powers. The IAM supports an increase in the number of high profile road policing officers and a zero tolerance approach to the enforcement of traffic laws," said Sarah Sillars of IAM. 

The crimes that most people want to see challenged more than any other include the likes of using a mobile phone while driving (72 per cent), drink and drug driving (65 per cent) and aggressive road mannerisms (50 per cent). 

Posted by Danielle Barge