Road Traffic Police Cuts will hurt say UK Road Safety Charity
Lisz Kendall, from the Road Safety Charity, BRAKE said in an email to me "that announcements this week saw many departmental budgets including transport and policing cut by 25% over four years.
People are rightly concerned about the impact this will have on their local frontline services.
Less widely know is that local authority funding for road safety has also been targeted and that it has cut by a massive 40% in this financial year alone, with large parts of future funding completely scrapped for 2011.
This funding pays for lifesaving equipment and services like pelican crossings and road safety education in schools and for traffic offenders.
This draconian measure has left local authority road safety partnerships in crisis. The cuts send a powerful message to local authorities that road safety is not a priority in these challenging economic times. Without access to funding for road safety we can expect to see the death toll rise."
As the population increases, with more motorists out on the road, and more of them doing hit and runs, drink driving, speeding and joy riding, we need these traffic police more than ever.
It also means more unemployment.