The committee is now looking at drawing up a guidance manual for traffic officers to allow them to investigate such fatalities 'more aggressively' using the same scientific methods which are used to investigate suspicious deaths. This announcement gives further weight to the beliefs expressed by individual police forces that more needs to be done to change the perception that road deaths are in some way acceptable.
Williams told the Driving Standards Agency's 'Safe Driving for Life' conference: 'The public and the police are guilty of not making the same value judgement of people who die on the roads or those murdered or victims of violent crime. Wanton recklessness behind the wheel can have the same awful consequences and therefore should be investigated with the same rigour.' Williams is due to take over as chairman of ACPO's traffic committee from Paul Manning next spring.