It has been revealed that traffic police numbers have been cut by 12% across the country in the past five years with cuts of as much as 30-40% in some areas. Bedfordshire has seen the largest cut with numbers of traffic police being reduced by 44%.
Brake says that these cuts in traffic police are putting lives at risk and are in particular undermining progress being made by the government to tackle drug driving. Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says that cutting traffic police is a false economy because the accidents that traffic police help prevent would be a significant drain on public services were they not prevented.
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