The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has clarified its position on motorists who break 20mph speed limits.
The updated guidelines for officers will see people who break speed limits in 20mph zones hit with new sanctions and have been welcomed by the road safety charity Brake, which campaigns to reduce the number of road traffic accidents on Britain’s roads.
What the guidelines state
Police chiefs want to make sure that speed limits in 20mph zones are properly enforced – particularly in areas where there is a history of offences – and that appropriate fines are handed out to those that travel over 20mph in these areas.
Drivers who are caught speeding up to 34mph in a 20mph zone face a £100 fine as well as three points on their licence, while those that are clocked at 35mph or above will face action in the courts.
Drivers caught speeding between 21mph and 34mph can opt to trade in the points for a speed awareness course that highlights the importance of 20mph speed zones.
Aims of the campaign
Brake is part of a group of charities that want to implement 20mph zone across built-up areas, as a way of reducing accidents that could lead to personal injury claims.
Local authorities in London and Birmingham have already signed up.
“This guidance is timely and important,” Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said. “As more and more local authorities introduce widespread 20mph limits, it is critical to get the message across to the driving public that breaking these limits is an offence and will be prosecuted.
“We welcome tailored 20mph speed awareness courses, which will deliver education to drivers who risk the safety of vulnerable road users by ignoring 20mph limits.
“This guidance supports work by community campaigners, local authorities and government to increase the use of 20mph limits in built-up areas, to protect people on foot and bike, make our communities safer, more pleasant places, and encourage greater levels of walking and cycling.”
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