Tougher Punishments for Speeding and Drink Driving Offences
As of the 24th of April, there are new, stricter punishments in place in England and Wales for drivers caught speeding or under the influence of alcohol.
Speeding fines for the most serious cases have increased by up to 50%. The previous limit for a fine was 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 or £2,500 if the offence was caused on a motorway.
Under the new guidelines, if a driver is caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, they could be fined 150% of their weekly wages, although the upper fine limit will stay the same.
In 2015, 23% of all fatal crashes recorded by the police were contributed to by breaking the speed limit of by travelling too fast for the road conditions. A Brake survey also found that 40% of UK drivers asked, admitted they occasionally drive at 30mph in 20mph zones.
Second category drink-driving offences will also be treated more seriously now. New guidelines from the Sentencing Council provide courts with the scope to impose community orders in relation to breath readings of between 60g to 89g alcohol. Currently this category of offence is limited to a fine and a ban, so many believe that this will help deter drivers further.