Respect the speed limits or pay the price

Monday, 24th April 2017

AS speeding fines increase, Staffordshire Police have detected a vehicle every two minutes doing more than 90mph in enforcement activity this past week.

To mark National Speeding Week (17-21 April), officers from the Staffordshire Police road policing team set up mobile speeding stations on the A38, A50 and A500.

These locations were chosen due to high numbers of people killed or seriously injured in collisions directly related to speeding vehicles.

Officers spent just two hours at each location between Wednesday and Friday and found an astonishing number of people breaking the speed limit by a big margin.

On Wednesday officers set up on the A50 near Uttoxeter and found 201 offenders breaking the speed limit in just two hours. The top speed was 101mph, with over 140 doing more than 80mph and 60 doing more than 90mph.

On Thursday police were on the A500 near Etruria on a 50mph section and detected over 100 people doing up to 64mph, with a further nine doing more than 65mph.

Friday saw police visit the A38 in Burton, although this time there were speed camera vans and police motorbikes to intercept the most dangerous drivers.

Again, in just two hours, 165 offences were detected, two that will instantly be summoned to court for high-speed driving, 22 that will instantly be issued with a fine and penalty points and 141 that broke the speed limit who will be eligible for the speed awareness course if they have not been caught speeding in the past.

All of those recorded over the three days shall be contacted by the police to begin proceedings appropriate to their offence.

Inspector Matt Derrick, head of the road crime team, said: “If drivers persist with breaking the speed limits, they will face fines which have today increased considerably. Speed limits are there to keep our roads safe; there is a direct correlation between the speed of a vehicle and the severity of the consequence.

“If you are speeding then you are more likely to be involved in a collision, the consequences of which are likely to be far more significant and potentially fatal.”

The new fines

From today speeding fines have increased to penalise more those that break the speed limit by over 20mph, i.e. someone doing more than 90 in a 70 or more than 50 in a 30. The fines have been broken down into three bands, dependent on how much you break the speed limit by.

Band A is the lowest level of speeding and includes those caught driving up to 10mph over the limit. For example, you could be driving at between 21mph and 30mph in a 20mph zone. The sentencing for this band is 3 points on your licence and a fine of around 50% of your weekly income or an opportunity to complete a speed awareness course if this is your first time.

Band B is for offences where motorists reach 11-21 mph over the limit. For example, driving at 31mph to 40mph in a 20mph zone, or 56mph to 65mph in a 40mph zone. This will result in 4 to 6 points on your licence, or disqualification for between 7 and 28 days, as well as a fine of 100% of your weekly income.

Band C is for the most serious driving offences and applies to those exceeding the speed limit by over 21 mph. For example, driving at 41mph or above in a 20mph zone or 51mph or above in a 30mph zone. This means 6 points on your licence or disqualification for between 7 and 56 days, plus a fine of 150% of your weekly income.