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Charity Fear Dorset Roads MORE Dangerous After Reduction in Traffic Cops

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7:27am 9th July 2013

The number of traffic police officers in Dorset has been cut by 32% in the last 5 years.

That's from road safety charity Brake who reckon the reduction could mean the force struggles to keep our roads safe with people getting away with speeding and drink driving.

There are also fresh concerns over the number of people drug driving with the government due to make it easier for prosecutors to fine and band offenders found under the influence.

Brake wants the government to make road policing a priority in Dorset.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, told us: "It is desperately worrying such large cuts continue to be made to traffic policing, just as progress is being made to improve the law on deadly drug driving. Roads police officers do a vital job enforcing important safety laws and protecting the public - their work is proven to save lives and prevent injuries and suffering.

Cutting traffic police is a false economy, because the crashes and casualties they help to prevent inflict such devastation and are a huge drain on public services. These cuts also undermine important progress being made by government to tackle drug driving - because as much as we need a new drug driving law and screening devices, we also need the officers out there to enforce it.

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