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1 Traffic law enforcement and the criminal justice system in London Amy Aeron-Thomas Executive Director, RoadPeace 1 November 2014

2 Overview  Introduction  Traffic law enforcement in London  Criminal justice system  Reason for hope  Next year priorities

3 RoadPeace Mansoor Chaudhry – motorcyclist, killed in October 1990 by red light offender who was fined for Careless Driving His mother was incensed by the justice system that didn’t think a road death was worth mentioning RoadPeace was founded in 1992 RoadPeace – a road victims’ charity  Provides support to victims  Based on road danger reduction  Focused on post-crash response by justice system

4 London road casualties Police reported (2013)  26,000 injury collisions  29,000 injuries, including 132 deaths & 2,200 serious injuries Pedestrians and cyclists  60% deaths (all VRU 77%)  57% serious injuries (all VRU 79%)

5 Pedestrian x 4 wh MVCyclist x 4 wh MV KSIs in London, 2012 Sharing the road but not the risk

6 London Fixed Penalty Notices, excluding speeding

7 30mph speed enforcement (2012) By police (not cameras)  Total of 7,275 Fixed Penalty Notices (20 per day)  Only five boroughs had more than one 30mph FPN per day (Barnet, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Newham)  Another five had fewer than one FPN per month (Epping Forest, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington) So should police decide speed limits?

8 London court prosecutions (2013) Total motoring offences prosecuted 139,000

9 London driving bans (2013) 10,131 bans given (1 in 10 convicted) offencenumber% convicted banned Drink driving5,28097% Dangerous driving37784% Disqualified driving1,12962% Driving w/o due care1907% Use of hand held mobile phone16<1%

10 Dangerous versus Careless driving CPS charging standards (2013)

11 What is crime? Driving offences Notifiable crime Causing death by driving Dangerous driving Murder Manslaughter Sexual assault Robbery Shoplifting Vehicle theft Cycle theft Pickpocketing Electricity theft Drink driving Drug driving Speeding Careless driving Hit and run All other motoring offences

12 Impact on victims Injured road victims  Not kept informed  Not supported  No right to review  Not even counted

13 Transforming criminal justice system strategy and action plan ( ) All CJS organisations with shared aims  Digital CJS  CJS which is faster and right first time  Transparent and responsive CJS  Care and consideration for victims and witnesses  The right response to crime  Working in partnership ‘Traffic cases’ treated as high volume, low value

14 Reasons for hope 1. Increased TLE and inclusion of CJS in TfL road safety plans 2. DfT Justice for Vulnerable Road Users Working Group 3. Upcoming Driving offences review 4. NYC Vision Zero experience 5. Lessons from VAW campaign

15 Next year’s priorities Councils  Include TLE in cycling/walking safety plans  Fund and monitor local TLE efforts Campaigners  Joint calls and agreed good practice  Agreed key performance indicators

16 Next year’s priorities (cont.) MPS to make TLE a stated priority and  Include driving offences in crime statistics  Link collision data with prosecution data  Develop TLE strategy and action plan with harm reduction approach focused on reducing risk to pedestrians and cyclists  Monitor level of public confidence by different road user modes and victims Treat road crime as real crime

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