The latest road safety report from Brake and Direct Line reveals that drivers feel that roads are more dangerous now than they were five years ago.
Based on responses from more than 1,000 drivers, the report shows that approximately 70% of respondents say roads are more dangerous now; by contrast, only 10% disagreed that this is the case.
The respondents gave reasons as to why they felt driving on the UK’s roads has become more dangerous and poor habits such as speeding and mobile phone usage were cited.
Even more importantly, respondents to the report from Direct Line and Brake feel that “severe funding cuts” have also contributed, with the number of police cars out on the streets declining.
Brake is very concerned about this diminished police presence and feel it is a primary contributor to the stagnating road safety record.
Approximately 80% of those surveyed agreed that a visible police presence deters people from breaking the law, with the same amount of respondents also saying there should be a bigger presence on the roads today.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, wants to see investment in road policing to halt the “stagnation in road safety,” – a view backed up by those who were surveyed.
He said: “Drivers’ perceptions tell us a lot about the safety of our roads and so it’s deeply concerning to find that drivers feel the roads are more dangerous than they were five years ago.
“With roads policing suffering severe cutbacks, and drivers noticing the decreased police presence on our roads, perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
“We have to act to address the stagnation in British road safety by increasing police numbers, to deter and enforce against dangerous drivers.”
Steve Barrett at Direct Line, added: “Changing driver behaviour can only be achieved through ensuring they are aware of the potential consequences of their actions and having robust laws in place that are able to be enforced.”