Two-thirds of motorists think they can get away with careless driving

By Darren Cassey

Sixty-five per cent of motorists believe they’re unlikely to be caught if they drive carelessly –because there’s a lack of police on the road.

A poll of 19,506 AA members also suggested that nearly two-thirds of motorists think they can get away with tailgating and middle-lane hogging, while 55 per cent think they’re unlikely to be stopped for driving in a dangerous or defective vehicle.

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Despite fines increasing last year, 54 per cent of drivers say they think they can get away with using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel. Shockingly, 43 per cent think they’re unlikely to be caught drug driving, while the figure is 36 per cent for drink driving.

These high numbers could be because 65 per cent of drivers quizzed felt there was no police presence in their local area and 43 per cent felt the same about motorways.

AA president Edmund King said: “It is worrying that drivers feel that a lack of police officers on the roads means they think they can get away with careless driving and other serious motoring offences.


“Limited support for allowing third parties to carry out roads enforcement shows that drivers want more police on the streets to catch and prosecute drivers breaking the law.

“What is clear is that camera enforcement is seen as an actual deterrent, but Big Brother can only do so much; we need more cops in cars.”

A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: “Chief constables of individual forces make decisions about how best to deploy their resources to keep their communities safe which are based on threat, harm and risk to the public.

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