Speeding fines 2019: Strict new laws and harsher punishments receive overwhelming backing

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Increased speeding fines and stricter punishments have received a solid public backing, according to a new survey.

The poll found that 80 per cent of Britons backed tougher penalties for offences such as speeding. In addition to their, 85 per cent also wanted to see stricter enforcement of traffic laws.

Under current laws, motorists will receive a £100 fixed penalty notices and three penalty points for most offences.

This punishment can rise up to £2,500 for the most severe offences and if your case is taken to court.

Alison Hernandez, road safety lead for England’s Police and Crime Commissioners commissioned the survey and believes that minimum fines should increase.

She proposed that the minimum fine should be raised to £130 as other less dangerous road offences are punished more harshly such as littering which can result in a £150 fine.

She said: “Far too many lives are being risked or ruined due to inconsiderate, dangerous drivers who have a blatant disregard for their own safety and that of others when they ignore the law.

“The results of this survey send a clear message that road safety is important to our communities and they want to see more rigorous enforcement of our traffic laws.

“Also, the level of fixed penalty notice fines for some offences is out of kilter with the harm caused.

“The penalty for those caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving doubled to a £200 fine and six points last year, and the maximum fine for those admitting littering from a car rose to £150 – yet the fixed penalty charge for speeding remains at £100 and three points.

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“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am calling for the fixed penalty fines for some traffic offences to be increased to act as a greater deterrent and, importantly, that this additional revenue is passed directly onto local road safety measures, with a priority given to enforcement.”

The Commissioner’s proposal to have some of the money redirected back to cola law enforcement received significant backing, with 88 per cent being in favour of it.

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