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On the spot penalties introduced for tailgaters and lane-hoggers

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The government are set to introduce on the spot penalties in order to crack down on careless drivers, including tailgaters, mobile phone users and lane-hoggers.

From July 2013 the changes are to take effect on British roads; most motoring offences including not wearing your seatbelt and using your mobile phone will increase to £100. It has been suggested that other road offenses will range in cost depending on the seriousness of the fault.

The purpose of on the spot fines is to tackle problem drivers immediately as well as dramatically reducing the amount of drivers being sent to court; however the more serious offenders will not be able to avoid the latter.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport has stated, “The new penalties are absolutely necessary to deal with drivers who are putting people’s lives at risk and police will not hesitate to enforce them.” She later mentioned that these acts are there to remind careless drivers that their behaviour on the roads will not be tolerated.

In 2011, excess speed contributed to 213 deaths and using a mobile phone while driving contributed to 374 road casualties.