Statistics are presented to show that in 1976 in England and Wales over 1400000 people had over 2200000 court proceedings concerning traffic offences, and also 265000 written warnings and nearly 3000000 fixed penalty notices were issued. The task of the police in enforcing the law in relation to road accidents is discussed, and it is suggested that breaking a traffic law is neither sufficient nor necessary for an accident, but that there is no dispute about the hazard associated with certain offences, notably driving under the influence of alcohol and driving at high speed. Education and publicity is considered essential so that the community as a whole appreciates the point of any legislation, but it is suggested that any great extension of legislation to regulate road users' behaviour could be counterproductive by inviting wholesale non-compliance and non-enforcement. Particular emphasis is placed on accidents related to drivers exceeding the speed limit, and information is provided on the work of police accident prevention units and on their wider public relations activities. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
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  • Publication Date: 1979-1-20

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 177-9
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6157
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM