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Police and Crime Commissioners should prioritise road safety

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Write to your PCC asking them to prioritise road safety

The 29% drop in road traffic policing levels over the past decade suggests that road safety is being neglected by the police. Possibly connected to this is a fall in convictions for serious and slight motoring offences, which have dropped faster than the decline in road casualties.

This means bad driving is going unpunished or that many bad drivers are being issued with lenient sentences that do not reflect the severity of the offence.

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Lenient sentencing is just the tip of the iceberg

As the Mary Bowers’ case demonstrates careless driving charges and small fines do not reflect the severity of crimes committed by bad drivers. Sentences, therefore, need to be harsher, but we must also be aware of the large number of collisions that do not even make it to court in the first place.
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The lorry driver who hit Mary Bowers in November last year as she waited at a traffic light in an advanced stop box was sentenced last Friday (14/12/12) to an eight month driving ban and a £2,700 fine. This sentence has been termed ‘insulting’ by Mary’s father, who would have preferred to see the driver convicted of dangerous rather than careless driving offence, correctly reflecting the danger of his actions.

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