Well since my rant, I've been in touch with the department and they are agreeing to fax me details of road deaths each week.
The first fax arrived just before christmas.
I am also going to see them all one day to demonstrate how the scanners are used. Not that difficult says I, but I've missed one or two in my time.
It will be useful to have the details as I may be able to match them against some of the lost cats reported to me. Most people want to know what has happened – even if the news is bad.