The Battle For The Roads Of Britain: Police, Motorists And The Law, C.1890s To 1970s

Hardcover | July 15, 2015

byKeith Laybourn, David Taylor

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The onset of the automobile, both cars and other vehicles, on British roads brought about a seismic change in the social, economic and political history of Britain. Cars fundamentally challenged the established democracy of the road by forcing the authorities to channel the pedestrian, and children, out of the way of the unforgiving automobile and educating them in exercising road safety. They also forced the police to implement the three Es of 'Enforcement, Engineering and Education' – enforcing the law of the road, pressing for new technology for signals and other technologies, and educating school children - in an impartial attempt to ensure that life was protected. In this process, the police should not be seen as the tools of the motorists, middle class or working class, but as the impartial enforcers of legislation, introducing as such the 'policeman-state'. Consequently, policing fundamentally changed in Britain between 1900 and 1970, as the police moved from their 'feet to their seats' in controlling traffic as British policing became more integrated and introduced new technology and modern systems.

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The onset of the automobile, both cars and other vehicles, on British roads brought about a seismic change in the social, economic and political history of Britain. Cars fundamentally challenged the established democracy of the road by forcing the authorities to channel the pedestrian, and children, out of the way of the unforgiving au...

Keith Laybourn is Diamond Jubilee Professor at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and has taught history at Huddersfield for 43 years. A prolific writer of books and articles, he has published Policing in England and Wales, 1918-1939, with David Taylor, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield, UK, who also con...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.79 × 5.43 × 0.84 inPublished:July 15, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230359329

ISBN - 13:9780230359321

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Contents
1. The Challenge Of Automobility And The Response Of Policing In Britain: An Overview Of A New Vista
2. Historiography And Argument
3. 'An Unwanted But Necessary Task': Traffic Policing And The Enforcement Of The Law, C. 1900-1939
4. Policing In The New Age Of Mass Motoring C 1940 To 1970s: Motor Patrolling, To Q Cars, Z Cars, Unit Beat Policing
5. Engineering The Environment C.1900-1970: Congestion, Meters And Redefining The Urban Landscape
6. Traffic Accidents And Road Safety: The Education Of The Pedestrian And The Child, 1900-1970