ALDERSHOT MP Gerald Howarth has demanded a top level investigation into the police's "draconian policy" against motorists on the A325 road.

He has called on Hampshire police chief Paul Kernaghan to investigate the way in which speed traps are operated on the Aldershot to Farnborough stretch of the road.

Mr Howarth's plea follows a stream of letters to the Star from disgruntled motorists who feel they have been treated unfairly by the police.

Scores of drivers have been booked for travelling at just over the 30mph speed limit on the dual carriageway

In a letter to the Chief Constable, Mr Howarth says there is increasing public concern about police officers refusing to give any leeway.

He goes on: "The overwhelming representations which I receive relate to the effective persecution of the motorist, as they perceive it."

This arises, he says, from the frequency with which otherwise totally law abiding citizens are being prosecuted for exceeding the 30mph by a small margin.

Mr Howarth says Hampshire County Council has justified the crackdown on the grounds that the road has a bad accident record.

But he is not convinced, and has asked the Chief Constable for a complete breakdown of all the accidents which have happened on the A325 over the past five years.

"I would like to know in respect of each of the accidents whether speed was a significant factor," he adds.

He has also written to Superintendent Joe Apps, police divisional commander, with a warning that the police are losing public confidence because of the "draconian policy" on the A325.

Mr Howarth has asked him to pass on the message to his traffic chief, urging him to point out there is public hostility to the way motorists are being treated.

In the letter he highlights the police tactics of sitting in the back of unidentified vehicles and "effectively ambushing motorists."

He adds: "We are all conscious of the need for vigilance in terms of public safety on our roads, but I have rarely seen an accident on the A325 where it passes through my constituency."