The police are now clamping down on road traffic offences by issuing fixed penalty notices on the spot. The police in Northern Ireland are now automatically issuing the notices for offences like driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and driving over the speed limit in order to encourage road safety on the country’s roads.
The drivers caught will be issued with a £60 fixed fine and will be given three penalty points on their licence but they will also be offered a speed awareness course if eligible. The new initiative comes as figures have shown that 54 people have died on Northern Ireland’s roads so far this year. Last year saw 57 casualties on the country’s roads but there were 48 deaths on the roads in 2012. Those most likely to be the victim of a fatality on the roads are drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Chief Constable Stephen Martin states that many of these deaths could have been prevented and is hoping that the initiative will prevent many more deaths from occurring by the end of this year.
Consequences of dangerous driving
Traffic offences like speeding, driving without a seatbelt and using distractions like mobile phones can put other road users at risk. A combination of education and enforcement can help to reduce the risk of serious accidents and fatalities on the roads. Avoiding distractions such as music devices and mobile phones improves attention and helps drivers to stay aware of what is going on around them. In addition, wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of injury should a collision occur. Many people consider safety a priority on the road but others do not and could put other lives at risk. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist
You can give Accident Advice Helpline a call on our 24-hour helpline to obtain no-obligation advice regarding an accident that was not your fault. Should you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained an injury, you may be able to win a cash payout for your suffering with our help. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures that your finances are protected while you pursue compensation for any accident that was someone else’s fault.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown