Road police chief proposes zero-tolerance speeding policy

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham

Drivers should be punished even if they only exceed the speed limit by 1mph, the policing chief for Britain's roads has reportedly said. "If booked at 35mph, or 34mph or 33mph that can not be unfair because they are breaking the law".

"The limit is the limit but a lack of consistency on speeding has allowed urban myths about thresholds and revenue-raising to take hold in the minds of far too many drivers".

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said last night that drivers" punishment for speeding should be tougher and that the days of "soft' treatment for offenders must stop.

Guidance now says that police should only issue speeding penalties for drivers doing 10 per cent over the speed limit plus 2mph.

The Chief Constable also claimed that speed awareness courses were being used to widely in the United Kingdom and that officers should stop being apologetic for handing out tickets.

And RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: "While speed is clearly a contributory factor in many road accidents and there is no question that drivers should obey the speed limit, it doesn't seem sensible to make motorists constantly look at their speedometers for fear of drifting 1mph above the limit".

"Who would want to be driving illegally?" Unless you want to be a criminal ...

There is evidence that slashing speed limits is not necessarily the safest option. However, neighbouring Wiltshire Police caught 989 motorists speeding.

In 2016, Nottinghamshire Police sent 1% of speeders on a speed awareness course, compared with 62% sent by Durham Police. Speaking at the conference, he said: "Let's change the message - we are proud to be law enforcers".

"The two million drivers caught speeding past year are unlikely to think the police have gone soft", he added.

Figures indicate that, over the past three years, 13 people were killed and 109 seriously injured in the West Mercia Police area, which includes Shropshire, following crashes where drink or drugs were involved.

Data released by 36 of the 45 police forces in the United Kingdom revealed that four have no fixed speed cameras at all and 13 have fewer than half actively catching speeding drivers.

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