Are the West Yorkshire Police Authority failing?

Terry Watsons letter in the Yorkshire Evening Post about why we have speed bumps, separate bus lanes and all the street furniture to keep the motorist in check. There is a need for speed bumps and chicanes because the police have chosen the easy way out and rely on speed cameras, which do not catch enough bad drivers. Speed cameras in the surrounding counties of Washington, USA. are going stealth, they are disguised as post boxes. Our bright yellow marked speed cameras just stop motorist speeding in one location, we need motorist to drive at or below the speed limit everywhere. But because the Police fail to make the roads safer, that means that the council must attempt to make our highways safer with changes to the road layout, because the police have given up and thrown in the towel.

The number of police officers dedicated to enforcing road traffic laws has fallen by 21 per cent in recent years as cheaper roadside cameras became increasingly popular. Now that we have invested millions in roadside speed camera and changes in the road layout, prosecutions in magistrates’ courts for driving without due care and attention has fallen by a third. Perhaps this is just a problem in West Yorkshire, because over in Greater Manchester their road causality rate is much better. The road casualty accident rate in West Yorkshire is 40.37 per 100,000 of population, over in Greater Manchester – their rate is 28.91, a massive difference.

The same issue can also be seen with Police Community Support Officers, PCSOs are mostly provided by councils, yet the West Yorkshire Police Authority should be making the streets safer, not the council. Why is the West Yorkshire Police Authority failing on both counts?


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