An ‘overwhelming number’ of those who took part in a survey have backed a call for increased fines for speeding motorists – and for a proportion of fines to be used for road safety measures.
Currently those receiving a fixed penalty notice for breaking the speed limit face three penalty points and a fine of £100, with the cash going straight to the Government.
But Alison Hernandez – the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and road safety lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners – wants fines to be increased and a proportion of that money given to police forces and reinvested in road safety measures.
A total of 2,680 people took part in the online survey, with the results showing ‘overwhelming support’ for more stringent enforcement of road traffic laws (85% in favour), stiffer penalties for those caught speeding (80% in favour) – and for a proportion of the money from fines to come locally for road safety initiatives and enforcement (88% in favour).
Alison Hernandez 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.
“All of the money generated by fixed penalty fines and other motoring offences goes to HM Treasury – not to the police, councils or highways authorities whose job it is to keep our roads safe. I don’t think this is fair.
“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.
“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.”
This survey was undertaken following another piece of work where Alison Hernandez and her team spoke to more than 5,000 people at events in her area over the summer, where speeding ranked as a primary road safety concern.
A breakdown of the results from this survey can be found online here.