Police accused of using ‘postcode lottery’ system to catch driving offences

Police accused of using ‘postcode lottery’ system to catch driving offences

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Police marshalling roads for driving offences, have been accused of prosecuting boroughs unfairly.This comes as recent data from ‘RoadPeace’, the national charity for road crash victims, found major variations in amounts of offences between boroughs after analysing police data for traffic offences in 2017.

The data claims there were 20 times more sanctions for reckless driving in Westminster where 202 were reported, than there were in Richmond where 10 were reported. 8,535 people were caught breaking the 30mph speed limit in Ealing, compared with only 83 in Kensington and Chelsea.

Police detected 833 cycling offences in Southwark, but  the Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Bexley only had one reported offence each in 2017. Whilst this could be down to traffic volumes and positions of speed cameras, RoadPeace believe it could also be down to how officers are deployed to certain areas.  

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, Head of the Metropolitan’s Road police, said because the force target areas with greater risk of collision and drivers who pose a bigger danger, geographical variations are normal.

RoadPeace spokesperson, Victoria Lebrec, who lost her leg in 2014 after being run over by a lorry, said: ‘Traffic law enforcement should not be a postcode lottery. Victims should not be more at risk based on where they live.’

While people driving whilst on their phones has decreased by 40 percent in London, figures published by TfL this year, indicated a year-on-year increase of up to 26% in road casualties.

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