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Chief Superintendent David Snelling . Why the ACPO Roads Policing Strategy and traffic enforcement is important. “Mary Lou” Courtesy of Greg Harper ( ACPO Roads Policing Strategy. Reduce road casualties. Deny criminals use of the roads by enforcing the law.

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Chief Superintendent

David Snelling


Why the ACPO Roads Policing Strategy

and traffic enforcement is important

“Mary Lou” Courtesy of Greg Harper (


ACPO Roads Policing Strategy

Reduce road casualties

Deny criminals use of the roads by enforcing the law

Tackle the threat of terrorism

Reduce anti-social use of the roads

Enhance public confidence and reassurance

by patrolling the roads



In the UK in 2008 there were:

2,538 fatal casualties

28,567 Serious Personal Injury


This equates to 7 fatalities and 78 SPIs

a day on the UK’s Roads


In the MPS in 2008 there were:

204 fatal casualties

3481 Serious Personal Injury casualties

This equates to 4 fatalities a week and

10 SPIs a day on the Capital’s Roads



Nationally the total estimated costs of all road

collisions is £18 billionper year.

Source: House of Commons Transport Select Committee

The estimated cost of each Fatal Collision is

£1.5 million.

In London last year there were 232 Fatal Collisions which

equates to an estimated cost of £348 million.


Drivers who drive fast regardless of the circumstances have a collision risk 3 – 5 times greater than drivers who don’t.

Source: Roadcraft


Those who commit traffic offences are more

likely to be involved in other criminal activities


Increased traffic enforcement is one way

to disrupt or restrict a criminal’s activities


Research has shown that 79% of disqualified

drivers have criminal convictions

17% of disquals have a previous conviction

for disqualified driving


Uninsured Drivers

“UK Context”

In the UK an estimated 2 Million or 6.5% (1 in 15) of all drivers are uninsured.

£380 Million compensation paid out by the

Guarantee Fund – In the UK the MIB

(Motor Insurers’ Bureau)

300,000 + convictions per year

Uninsured drivers add an average of £30 to every policy


Unlicensed Drivers

NELIs ( NEver held a LIcence )




Are 2.7 to 9 times more likely to be involved in a collision

In just over 3% of Personal Injury collisions a driver is

prosecuted for unlicensed driving


Uninsured Drivers

Road Safety Issues:

Uninsured driver 10 x more likely to have a drink drive conviction.

Uninsured drivers 6 x more likely to be driving an unsafe vehicle

Uninsured drivers 3 x more likely to have a conviction for driving without due care and attention

In 2006 uninsured drivers were responsible for killing 160

People and injuring 23,000


7 Children are killed or seriously injured

EVERY DAY walking or cycling on UK roads



It is estimated that one in five of all crashes is caused by driver fatigue.

In a YouGov poll less than a quarter of people said they planned breaks in their journey whilst 26% had driven for more than four hours without a break.


Large Goods Vehicles

12.5% of Fatal Collisions involve LGVs.

With the Olympic construction phase just about to start in

earnest, it is estimated that in London there will be

1,000 to 3,500extraLGVjourneysa day



Motorcyclists account for 2% of all UK road users

However ………

They account for over 20% of the Killed and

Seriously Injured on the UK’s roads.


Drink / Drug Driving

A study into the attitude of young drivers towards alcohol and drugs revealed:

More than one in ten young drivers often take to the wheel

under the influence of drink or drugs

8% claim to ‘always’ drive whilst under the influence of drugs

17% admit to regularly taking cannabis

12% admit to regularly taking cocaine

10% admit to regularly taking ecstacy

7% claim to ‘always’ drive after drinking more than 2 units of alcohol

Sample Data: 8,000 17-24 year olds

across United Kingdom.



The 4 biggest killers on the UK’s roads are:


Failure to wear a seat belt

Drink Driving

Mobile Phones



Inappropriate Speed for the conditions or excess speed

is a contributory factor in 1 in 3 crashes

In 27% Fatal crashes speed is a significant factor



of those killed on the roads are victims of

Drink Drivers



Main objectives:

By 31/3/2010:

To reduce all KSI\'s by 50%¹

To reduce child KSI\'s by 60%¹

By 2012:

To reduce blameworthy Polcolls by 5%

¹Compared with 1994-1998 average.


The 4 biggest killers on the UK’s roads are:


Failure to wear a seat belt

Drink Driving

Mobile Phones


How are we reducing KSI\'s?

  • Last year we:
  • Issued 30,000 FPN’s for speeding, seat belt and mobile phone offences;
  • Made 1,600 arrests for drink / drug driving;
  • Seized over 10,000 vehicles for having no insurance and no driving licence;
  • 12,000 no insurance disposals which includes FPN’s issued, process books completed, arrests for having no insurance and disqualified driving;
  • Assisted the MPS with over 150 deployments for each of the 5 ANPR Intercept Teams;
  • Made 1,100 arrests generated by the ANPR in Traffic’s patrol vehicles;
  • Stopped 1200 Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) through Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

Roadsafe London

An internet based forum that will allow the public to provide information regarding:

- Organised Crime linked to London’s roads

- Illegal road use

- Nuisance/anti-social road use

our specialists


Commercial Vehicle Unit

Collision Investigation Unit

Crime Team

Traffic Management Officers