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Tesco personal finance: Drivers call for more road policing

28 November 2006
Forty-two per cent of drivers want more visible police patrols on UK roads to combat safety threats from speeding to using mobile phones in cars, according to a survey from Tesco personal finance.

The study of drivers' attitudes found that as many as 41 per cent of drivers did not trust speed cameras to keep roads safe.

"A sizeable majority of motorists feel unprotected on the roads", concludes Allan Burns, head of Tesco Car Insurance.

Other favoured changes to road safety include raising the driving age to 18 – popular among 43 per cent of drivers – and lifelong bans on drivers with convictions for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, supported by 33 per cent of those surveyed.

In January 2005, a paper on road policing from the Home Office and Department of Transport resolved "technology cannot wholly replace the police: an adequate police presence on the road is also vital".

But today's survey's findings suggests the police may not yet be doing enough to inspire public confidence over "significant problems which camera and other technology cannot yet detect" identified in the Home Office document.

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