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"Increased motorway fines not the right answer" says Durham PCC
The maximum fine for speeding on the motorway is set to be quadrupled to £10,000, a decision which Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) deems is not the best deterrent to tackle speeding.
The Government announced the increase in fines as part of sweeping reforms to the penalties which can be imposed by magistrates.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Hogg said:
"Tackling road safety issues, including speeding and dangerous driving is one of the policing priorities, voted for by the public, which I have tasked the Chief Constable to focus on.
"The greater deterrent is the potential for short-term bans rather than increased fines. It is the loss of the right to drive that concerns most motorists. Additionally, any sanction ought to be linked to speed awareness training. Speeding is a very emotive subject, something we are working hard to address locally in County Durham and Darlington."
Other fines for breaking the limit on dual carriageways and other roads will also increase from £1,000 to £4,000, along with the maximum fine for using a mobile telephone at the wheel. Magistrates will also get the power to impose unlimited fines for more serious offences such as careless driving or driving without insurance.
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Posted on Monday 16th June 2014