A ROAD safety charity has hit out at cuts to the number of traffic police in the area.
Data released today by charity Brake has revealed the number of traffic officers in Hampshire has fallen by more than a third since 2008.
The charity says having fewer traffic police on the roads puts the public at risk from law-breaking drivers, but Hampshire Constabulary says its road safety crackdowns have been preventing collisions.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘Since early 2012, Hampshire Constabulary has worked with Thames Valley police to provide joint operations on roads policing.
‘This has enabled us to provide a sustained level of service to the public while reducing long-term costs.
‘While promoting road safety is a core part of the job for all police officers, the Joint Road Policing Unit’s priority is to prevent collisions by focusing on the “fatal four” – failure to wear seatbelts, speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving.’
According to the figures, released by Brake and webuyanycar.com, in Hampshire there were 246 traffic officers in 2008, compared to 158 in 2012.
Hampshire police says campaigns such as the ‘Smashed’ drink and drug-drive campaign saw major reductions in arrests last year as a result of increased drink-drive operations and roadside testing.