Tougher national speeding punishments may make Lincolnshire roads safer

Drivers caught at speeds over excessive legal limits face higher penalties in England and Wales today after the Sentencing Council said it wanted a “clear increase in penalty.”

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.

Motoring groups such as Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership welcome the new measurements as the serious of speeding offences increase across the county.

Serious and fatal crashes are reported on Lincolnshire roads on an almost weekly basis, with 59 fatalities recorded in 2016 alone.

One spokesperson from the Lincolnshire partnership said: “Presently, if you are caught speeding a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is issued which is a £100 fine plus 3 penalty points and in many cases an Educational Course is offered as an alternative.”

Under new guidelines, fines for motorists caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of their weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%.

According to these new regulations, there are three penalty bands that are dependent on the severity of the offence. For example, Band C is for the high end offender, who can be fined (for extreme speed) 150% of their weekly income but can receive a ban of between seven and 56 days or six points instead.

President of the AA Edmund King, said, it was right that “extreme offenders” were punished “severely.” He added: “Responsible drivers will welcome the changes coming into force today.”

Over 240 people were killed in crashes that occurred when a driver was breaking the speed limit on Britain’s roads in 2015.

LSJ news spoke to people in Lincoln about the new enforcement to find out what they thought about the new penalty. Click on the play button below.