Scots may be the most dangerous drivers in the UK, newly released information suggests, using existing data to perform a considerate motoring test.
New laws were introduced last August that gave police the powers to stop motorists and issue fixed penalty fines for ‘inconsiderate driving’ in a bid to reduce road traffic accidents.
These offences include lane-hogging, tailgating, failing to give way at a junction, accelerating through a puddle, mounting a kerb, being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue on a roundabout.
A Freedom of Information request to all 45 police forces in Britain found that 5,472 drivers had been pulled over in accordance so far.
As many as 1,454 of these were stopped on Scottish roads. This is more than anywhere else – although the Police Scotland region is the UK’s biggest area. Showing that more Scots are failing the considerate motoring test.
Nottinghamshire, a relatively small area, came second with 977 offenders, according to statistics obtained by Auto Express driving magazine.
Drive aimed at reducing traffic accidents
Motoring groups have welcomed, overall, the clampdown on bad driving habits.
It is aimed at lowering road accidents, raising standards behind the wheel and reducing the need for a traffic accident lawyer. The offences attract maximum on-the-spot fines of £100 and three penalty points on a motorist’s licence. These can be reduced if an offender undergoes a safe driving course.
The changes bring careless or inconsiderate driving offences into line with the penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties.
Such crimes had earlier gone unpunished because of the red tape involved, such as the issuing of a court summons, giving evidence in court, and taking a case to magistrates.
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Source: The Scotsman
Date Published: March 21, 2014
Author: David Brown