According to the chief of the roads police department, speeding or talking on the phone while driving should be considered as socially unacceptable as drunk driving.

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According to the chief of the roads police department, speeding or talking on a phone while driving should be as socially unacceptable as drunk driving.

‘We have a culture that believes that death on the road is unavoidable – it isn’t.

Drivers are complacent and selfish, believing that it will not affect them.’

Last year, 1,460 people were killed on British roads, an average of four per day, despite months of national and local lockdowns.

A total of 22,069 people were injured seriously.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, the UK’s top road policing officer, has seen the carnage of “violent, unnecessary, and preventable deaths” many times.

He is most concerned by the fact that so many could have been easily avoided.

“We have this culture that views road death as an accident and an inevitability – which it isn’t,” he says.

“You have complacency and possibly selfishness on the part of drivers, who believe it will not happen to them.”

This is in part because, according to Cox, who works for Lincolnshire Police and is the national lead for fatal road collision investigation, sentences given to drivers who break the law often do not reflect the devastation caused by road deaths.

He finds it “frustrating” that drivers who should be banned after racking up 12 penalty points on their license, sometimes after racking up points from four separate offenses, can be allowed to keep driving if they claim that a ban would cause them “exceptional hardship,” such as being unable to work.

“That’s someone who would normally have four chances to change their ways,” Cox says.

“Bereaved families, seriously injured people, and those who are in danger as a result of this driver – that’s where the suffering begins, and we shouldn’t condone or allow that behavior to continue.”

Insurers should incentivize the use of black-box technology and dashboard cameras to encourage safe driving, he believes, and drivers will vote with their wallets for lower premiums if they drive safely.

Given that speed is a major contributory factor in many road deaths and serious injuries, Cox wonders “why we continue to have vehicles capable of exceeding the national maximum speed limit.”

He believes that in the future, speed limiters could use GPS location data to limit drivers to the legal limit.

Protected cycle lanes and improved pavements on roads with 20mph and 30mph speed limits, where most people walk and cycle, would also be beneficial, according to Cox.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

According to the chief of the roads police department, speeding or talking on a phone while driving should be as socially unacceptable as drunk driving.

Speeding or using phone at wheel should be as socially unacceptable as drink-driving, says roads police chief

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