Our View: Roads policing review

The National Rural Crime Network welcomes the Government’s announcement of the review of roads policing with the aim of improving road safety. We particularly welcome the attention paid to rural areas given that 62% of fatalities occurring on these roads.

Last year, the NRCN conducted a wide-ranging survey of over 20,000 people across England and Wales. The results showed that speeding, in particular, was the second highest concern for people in rural areas with dangerous and anti-social driving also appearing in the top ten.

The NRCN remains concerned that the needs of some communities are not being properly addressed with regards to road safety so we welcome the attention that this study will pay to our rural road network.

Road safety is a partnership endeavour but it is important that the national debate on police funding recognises the important role that enforcement has to play in keeping our roads safe.

The NRCN supports this approach taken by Government and looks forward to the findings from this two year project.

Julia Mulligan, Chair, NRCN & Alison Hernandez, Road Safety, NRCN