We have had a message from Mike Harrison, our Police Community Engagement officer. He tells us that the Police and Crime Commissioners are urging people to take 60 seconds to complete a short survey to influence Government policy on roads policing.
Alison Hernandez, the national PCC lead on road safety, explains:
The number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is unacceptable and needs drastically reducing.
PCCs have a strong voice in local communities and are eager to understand the public’s views around road safety and policing our roads.
This survey will allow PCCs to advocate the strength of public feeling to make our roads safer and, I hope, give the Government the evidence it needs to act.
Our own Commissioner Hernandez, the Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, believes that more enforcement on the roads could also have a knock-on effect on other criminality. He says:
Roads policing officers play an essential role too in tackling criminality on our roads, including drug and weapons smuggling, people trafficking, county lines and other organised criminality.
This week in Devon and Cornwall, roads police officers discovered a drugs haul after stopping a driver who was speeding at 120mph, and we saw on the Call the Cops series how they had prevented people smugglers trading in human misery by apprehending them on the M5.
You can find the poll here. It is open until 30 September 2020. Please spare a few minutes to do the survey now.