Speed awareness

Speed limit restrictions to be tightened

Speed awareness


It has been revealed that some police forces are set to do away with any margin for error when it comes to speeding.

Currently, it has been set at 10% plus 2mph. For instance, if you are in a 30mph zone, you would be allowed an extra 3mph, plus 2mph before receiving a speeding fine.

Some police forces are wanting to get rid of this margin for error to improve road safety. Serious injuries and road deaths have risen for the first time in decades.

Scotland plan to crack down on motorists who speed by 1mph. They will receive a warning, but if they are caught again they will be issued with £100 fine and 3 points on their licence. For anyone exceeding the speed limit even more, there will be heavier fines and points.

Although this hopes to improve road safety, the AA have raised concerns that this could cause more accidents such as running into the back of the car in front, as motorists may concentrate more on their speedometer.

Campaigners are also concerned that it could cost the courts time and money, as each automatic fine still has to processed. This could mean it could  cost courts more to process than they receive in paid fines.

Some police officers are concerned that it may take up more of their time, whilst other crimes may become somewhat neglected. It could also cause a divide between motorists and the police that means motorists may be unwilling to assist in other matters.

You can read more at: https://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoring-features/zero-tolerance-speed-limits-could-put-drivers-in-greater-danger-11363993631156

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