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Road enforcement falls as spending cuts tell

There were 24 percent fewer motorists breathalysed in May 2011 than there were twelve months earlier, according to figures obtained by the Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act.

Spending cuts are hitting police forces, with many having to cut back on the number of officers that police the roads.

'Roads policing is a key contribution to cutting casualties. Reductions in police officers will result in increases in risk on our roads,' said Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

As well as less policing on the roads, there has also been a decline in the number of speed cameras used, with many of them removed on the grounds of being too expensive.

It was reported earlier in the year that the number of motorists who had tested positive for alcohol had dramtically decreased, though at the same time the proportion who were prosecuted rose by 8 percent.

A spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said: It is a known fact that policing is facing cuts and chiefs are making difficult decisions to ensure that we can meet the economical challenges and keep the public safe.'

Maria Eagle, Labour's transport spokesman, commented: 'Coming on top of the Tory-led government’s decision to axe road safety funding and targets for reducing deaths and serious injuries, the cuts in front line officers available to tackle traffic offences will inevitably lead to reduced safety on Britain’s roads.'

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