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    Novice Drivers Face Instant Ban

    Police CameraNovice drivers caught speeding may face an instant six month ban and having to re-take their driving test under new proposals to tighten road safety laws; according to the Times Online. Thousands of experienced drivers could also face a six-month disqualification period after just two offences if the proposals to double penalty points, from three to six, for drivers exceeding the speed limit by 15 or 20mph are introduced as law.Currently, drivers who have held their license for more than two years face a ban if they receive 12 points within three years and novice drivers are already liable to be banned if they accumulate six points - but (and this is the important bit) only three points are issued per offence.

    The new proposals, if instituted as law, will mean the 1.8 million people on the road who have passed their test within the past 2 years could be banned on their first offence, whilst the one million plus motorists who currently carry six points on their license are also only one flash of a speed camera from disqualification. The document also suggests a much greater use of average speed check cameras, which are currently only enforced where there are roadworks, on rural roads as this is where two-thirds of deaths occur.On the issue of careless driving, it has been reported that police are reluctant to prosecute drivers due to the large amount of paperwork involved. In fact, during the past 2 decades prosecution has dropped almost two thirds meaning drivers are very unlikely to be prosecuted unless they cause a crash.

    This is why the new proposals from the Department for Transport also suggest that police shouldn't have to take careless drivers to court, instead they should be able to issue an instant
    £60 fine and up to three points at the roadside.This is a huge issue for drivers everywhere, many of whom say it is too harsh as they stand to lose their jobs if they do not have license. Others say they should abide by the law to ensure they do not lose their license. How do you feel about the laws being tightened? Is it fair to up the penalties for speeding? How about the other side - should slower drivers be penalised too? In my opinion, expanding the use of average speed check cameras is a good idea as it keeps the traffic flowing smoothly through motorway road-works. People do seem to speed all the time, but I think the new heavier penalties should focus on dangerous driving more than simple speeding. For example, I've often seen drivers swerve across the motorway from the 1st lane to the 3rd lane and back again trying to overtake all the traffic and it's just so dangerous that everyone has to slam on their brakes. The debate is heating up, have your say.

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