RACT calls for police highway patrol

The RACT wants more police on Tasmanian roads and is calling for the creation of a highway patrol force, following a survey of members that found there was strong support for an increase in police.

RACT spokesman Vince Taskunas said members had noticed a reduction in police presence on Tasmanian roads.

``The majority of respondents to our state election member survey believe that high-visibility policing on Tasmania's roads has decreased in the last five years, which is a problem because it acts as a real deterrent,'' Mr Taskunas said. 

Mr Taskunas said 90 per cent of members surveyed said marked-up police cars patrolling highways acted as a deterrent or modified driver behaviour.

More than 70 per cent said high visibility policing on Tasmanian roads had decreased.

``Our survey is showing very strong support for a higher police presence on our roads and the RACT is seeking written commitments from all the political parties ahead of the election that they will immediately restore funding to make this happen,'' Mr Taskunas said.

He said that since March 2011 police numbers had dropped by 135 officers. 

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