Are Drivers Caught 1mph Over Speed Limit About to be Penalised?

By Annie Williams

Calls to penalise drivers going even 1mph over the speeding limit have been made this week, but do you agree?

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham is calling for an end to the 10 per cent “buffer” over the limit and said that speed awareness courses were being used too widely instead of penalty points.

Current guidance suggests police forces should only issue penalties to drivers caught travelling at 10 per cent plus 2mph over the limit.

Speaking at the Police Federation Roads Policing Conference yesterday, Chief Con Bangham said this system will look at being harsher with penalty points, fines and prosecutions to instil fear in drivers.

The proposal aims to tackle the number of incidents that take place on Britain’s roads. Government figures show a total of 1,710 people were killed on the roads in the year up to June 2017.

However, the proposal has been met with criticism from other police leaders. Some officers have argued that the current system is ‘not soft on drivers’ and by imposing this move, it could create an obsession with the speedometer which would distract drivers, making the roads more dangerous.

Do you think drivers who go just 1mph over the speed limit should be punished? Take our poll below to let us know what you think.

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