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    Speed limit to be cut on A-Roads

    20 Mile an Hour Speed SignAccording to the Times Online many A-roads in the UK will soon be reduced to 50mph in a bid to save lives. Drivers will also face 20mph limits in residential zones as well as random breath tests and tougher fixed penalties for many offences such as passing too close to a cyclist.These proposals for the ten year safety targets are to be published later today. This will be the first time the Government have set specific targets for cutting road deaths by at least 1,000 from the current 3,000 a year.Councils will have to justify keeping the higher speed limit of 60mph on A-roads. It would be much easier to reduce the limit rather than trying to keep it at 60mph. Councils will also have to justify keeping limits at 30mph in residential areas and will also be put under pressure to cut the limit to 20mph outside schools.The Home Office will approve cameras that do an average speed check in all entry and exit points in residential areas and the fixed penalty for driving 15mph over the limit will double to six points on your license. Also, the fine for failing to wear a seatbelt would double to £60 and eventually be given 3 point's on their license.Police will no longer need reason to stop you and take a breath test, as this will be primary evidence in court. Drivers will also lose the right to demand a blood test. These aims are to make traffic policing more efficient, reducing paperwork and giving officers the chance to deal with offenders quickly.The driving test will also become more difficult with candidates required to follow road signs to a destination rather than take instruction from the examiner and also prove that they followed a curriculum before taking the practical test. This will normally take about a year, which in turn will raise the driving age to 18.Personally I feel these measures are a little drastic. I understand the need for them and do think it will work in the long run, but I still feel that generally it is drivers who do not pay attention, drive dangerously and do not follow road law that is causing this action. Tell us how you feel about this new system soon to be implemented.

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