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Fewer Traffic Police On North Yorkshire's Roads


7:54am 9th July 2013

An average twelve per cent fall in traffic police numbers in the last five years across the UK could be compromising safety.

That's according to road safety charity Brake which says only one- in-ten drivers now believe they will be caught drink or drug-driving.

The fall has come despite some police force areas actually increasing the number of traffic officers.

In Humberside the number of traffic officers has gone up by almost a fifth since 2008.

In North Yorkshire, however there are fewer traffic police on North Yorkshire's roads, down by one in four officers compared to five years ago.

The force says it now has a specialist team for serious accidents and has bought more speed camera vans.

Chief Superintendent Ali Higgins, Head of Operations at North Yorkshire Police, said:

"The police service has been faced with unprecedented cuts over the last few years and a review of North Yorkshire Police’s roads policing operations has seen us implement changes to help us to work smarter and more efficiently with the resources which we have.

"I would like to reassure members of the public that road safety is of paramount importance to us and, the reduction of death and serious injuries on our roads remains a high priority.

"North Yorkshire has over 6,000 miles of roads from motorways to single track lanes and all present different challenges. One size does not fit all and it is essential that we look at different tactical options whilst working closely with our partners to keep our roads as safe as possible.

"Our review has led to a change in the way we deploy and support our dedicated roads policing resources.

"The creation of an investigation team to deal with the protracted enquiries of fatal and serious road collisions will lead to officers being more visible and available to respond to calls for service. This has been shown across the region as best practice and will further enhance our service to those families affected by such tragic incidents.

"Over the last few months we have seen the safety camera unit contribute to the education of drivers and the detection of road traffic offences. This will be further supported by changes in the way we deploy our ANPR capability and the gathering of intelligence from these systems.

"It is also important to emphasise that North Yorkshire Police does not work alone in delivering road safety. The 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, which includes local authorities and other emergency services, plays a vital role to educate and change the behaviour of motorists".

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