Speeders won't face fines or points for doing 39 in a 30 zone (VOTE)
MOTORISTS will be able to travel at speeds of up to 39mph in a 30mph zone without being fined and given penalty points, the Mail can reveal.
Humberside Police want more offenders to attend a Speed Awareness Course (SAC) designed to educate drivers.
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Under present rules, drivers travelling at ten per cent over the limit, plus between two and four miles per hour, are given the opportunity to pay £75 to attend an SAC, instead of receiving a fine and points on their licence.
It means that, currently, drivers caught travelling at 37mph and above in a 30mph zone are prosecuted, while those driving at between 35mph and 37mph have the option of an SAC.
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But police intend to increase the threshold next month to use a 10 per cent plus two to six miles per hour rule.
The change means drivers caught travelling at speeds up to 39mph in a built-up area will not necessarily be prosecuted.
Chief Inspector Darren Downs, head of the Roads Policing Section, said there are “massive” advantages to prosecuting fewer drivers.
He said: “We know that approximately 80 per cent of people who attend these courses never reoffend.
“By educating the drivers we reduce accidents and casualties on the road and that is our main aim.
“Also, the seminars create money to be ploughed into road safety initiatives.
“The fee is used to pay the trainers, for the venue and the remainder is ploughed back into reducing casualties through initiatives including Safer Roads Humber, Bike Safe and young driver education.
“Also, we are reducing the amount of people who go through the criminal justice system, so relieving the courts which are under pressure.”
Last year, approximately 40,000 people were caught speeding. Of these, about 50 per cent – equal to 19,708 drivers – were eligible to attend seminar courses. Officers say under the new guidelines this will increase to about 80 per cent of drivers being offered the chance to attend the course.
Mr Downs said the new rules do not give motorists a licence to speed.
He said: “We are not saying to drivers they can travel faster and get away with it.
“Those travelling at 10 per cent plus six miles per hour can be rehabilitated and educated.
“Those travelling at much greater speeds will be dealt with in court.
“I’m 100 per cent behind it, we need to divert people from custody.
“We are doing it in the criminal world by using restorative practices and this is about bringing it into the traffic law world.
“Bringing more diversions from prosecution should be welcomed by drivers. Let’s face it, no driver wants three points on their licence.”
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) set out national guidelines.
It states motorists can be prosecuted if travelling 10 per cent over the speed limit plus between two and six miles per hour. However, it is up to each police force to set its own level.
The speed courses are held by Safer Roads Humber – the regional road safety partnership working to reduce crashes and casualties.
It will employ more trainers and hold more courses once the new rules are in force.
Ruth Gore, of the partnership, said: “It is often said that speed cameras are a revenue stream, but this is not the case – we are trying to save lives and this has happened within our area.
“We want to educate about the dangers of speeding and this shows that our focus is more on education than enforcement.”
* Speeding drivers will not be given the option of attending a seminar if they have attended one in the previous three years. Those eligible to attend can alternatively choose to pay a £60 speeding ticket and receive three penalty points on their licence, or contest the fine in court.
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