POLICE are set to crackdown on dangerous drivers after record numbers of deaths on UK roads.
Ramping up the number of traffic officers and speed cameras could be done as early as next year to help reduce deadly accidents across the country.
The Department of Transport announced it would review the way roads are policed in a bid to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.
The review, which is the first of its kind, will help identify any gaps in the service and new technology which can be used to help catch dangerous drivers.
And this could mean long-range traffic cameras, which can spot motorists breaking the law from almost a mile away, could be introduced.
It will also look at how police forces across the country share information with other agencies, including Highways England and the Home Office.
The crackdown comes after an eight-year high in the number of road deaths caused by drink drivers.
More than 60 people have been killed on London roads this year alone, according to recent figures, with eight deaths in five days earlier this month.
The shocking figures are thought to be linked with a major drop in police numbers, with 20,000 officers leaving the force since 2010.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The biggest deterrent to someone drink-driving, picking up their phone behind the wheel or driving without insurance, is to have a very strong and very visible police presence.
“Reducing the number of specialist traffic police by a third over a decade has meant that some drivers feel they can regularly drive or act dangerously and get away with it.”
Michael Ellis, minister for road safety, said: “We have strong laws in place to ensure people are kept safe on our roads at all times.
“But roads policing is a key deterrent in stopping drivers breaking the law and risking their and other people’s lives.
“This review will not only highlight where police forces are doing good work, it will show what more can be done to improve road safety.”