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Traffic Accidents (Manchester)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration his Department has given to the analysis of traffic accidents in which drivers fail to stop by the accident intelligence unit of Greater Manchester police, which was sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe; what action he is considering; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has already seen copies of the study carried out by the Greater Manchester police, and I share their concern over the increasing number of "failing to stop" offences, many of which may be drink-related. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport, who is responsible for any changes in the road traffic law, is also concerned with this problem and made reference to it in the consultative document on drinking and driving which he issued before Christmas. When comments on that document have been received from interested parties, the Government will consider what steps might be taken.