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Motorists want police funding to be used to fight terrorism instead of road offences

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Motorists want police funding to be used to fight terrorism instead of road crimes, a new survey by Servicing Stop has found.

The online car servicing provider asked more than 1,200 drivers where they thought police funding should be spent following recent cuts to regular and armed police officers.

More than three-quarters (76%) said they would rather police patrolled the streets combating violence and terrorism as opposed to policing traffic, speeding, phone use and other minor crimes behind the wheel. Just under a quarter said policing the roads was more important.

The majority of motorists (62%) also said that they want their road tax put towards fixing potholes, while a further 16% said they would like the money to go towards retesting drivers of a certain age.

More than 10% of motorists said they want the Government to pay for the removal of speed bumps while the same amount said speed limits on motorways should be increased.

Oly Richmond, CEO of Servicing Stop, said: “Motorists are seemingly disappointed that roads remain in disrepair while police and road traffic enforcement officers get stricter.

"Widely publicised recent acts of terror have brought to home the danger lurking on British streets and it seems motorists would rather police efforts went wholly to that then anything else.”

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  • Gordy - 14/08/2017 16:20

    I think what everybody wants is ALL of the police and ALL of the roads problems fixing. We don't want to compromise and end up worse than 1985 police levels. Future threats demand future investment but chronic under investment in roads should not compromise against developing budget constraints for the police. No, we want the roads fixing AND the police to be better funded and resourced - we are not a third world country, are we?! A police patrol which spots a drunk/drugged / uninsured driver can also spot someone acting suspiciously. You can't train a camera to do that then follow someone to an arrest. You need police patrols.

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