Worrying Trend As Cameras Replace Cops In Enforcement

Tue 27th Oct 2020

While there were a record number of speeding tickets in England and Wales last year, official figures published this week reveal that roadside breath tests are at their lowest figure since 2002.

The data, which has been obtained from the Home Office, shows a worrying dependency on cameras to dish out punishment on the roads network. There were 2.3 million speeding tickets issued, with 97 per cent of those detected by speed cameras.

But it is the drop in breath tests that has motoring organisations concerned, although the rate of positive tests were at their highest since 2007, there was an 11.6 per cent drop in tests on the previous year and the 285,380 total is the lowest since 2002. The number of breathalyzer tests has reduced year on year since hitting a peak in 2009, and speaking to the Daily Mail, AA president Edmund King said the trend shows that actual policing is being reduced on the roads.

He said:  “While cameras are a useful tool in helping police our roads, we cannot solely rely on them. 

“A camera cannot stop a drink driver, or pull over someone driving carelessly, so having more cops in cars will help eliminate poor and dangerous driving.

“The lack of roads police has led to drivers thinking they can get away with certain offences. 

“Our AA Populus survey of 20,410 respondents in November 2018 found that more than two thirds say it is unlikely they would be caught driving carelessly where they live, while two fifths say they could drive without insurance and feel they wouldn't be caught.”