A staggering 86 per cent of drivers exceed the speed limit on 20mph roads through residential areas and near schools.
The latest Department for Transport figures also reveal that 52 per cent of cars on 30mph roads travel too fast and 48 per cent of motorway drivers exceed the speed limit.
Unsurprisingly the number of fixed penalty notices issued for speeding offences is on the rise with the majority of offenders caught by one of the UK’s 2,800-plus speed cameras.
There’s nothing more frustrating for a motorist than receiving that dreaded letter, known as a ‘notice of intended prosecution’, informing you that you’ve been snapped for speeding, especially as the vast majority of us consider ourselves law-abiding and don’t intentionally set out to exceed the speed limit.
My advice if you do receive a notice of intended prosecution (NIP) is to act as quickly as possible. Provided your NIP arrives within the required 14 days of the offence taking place, it is valid and you must respond, otherwise you run the risk of receiving a court summons along with additional penalty points on your licence.
The real issue for many people is the ease at which the penalty points can rack up and, under the ‘totting up’ procedure, 12 points means an automatic driving ban, meaning the implications of even a relatively minor motoring offence can be extremely serious, especially if you rely on your driving licence for work.
If you are at risk of losing your driving licence under the totting up procedure it is worth seeking the advice of a qualified solicitor who can assess whether you have a case for exceptional hardship or special reasons that could be argued in support of you retaining your licence.
Speed cameras are undoubtedly the bane of most motorists’ lives but when you consider that every year there are around 5,000 reported road accidents caused by speeding and more than 200 of those result in a fatality, the need to watch our speed is perhaps a little easier to understand.