Where You Live Could Mean A Bigger Speeding FineMon, 15/07/2013
It seems that where you live can influence what type of punishment you get for speeding, according to a new report by a leading insurance company. They found that across the country there was a variation of around 10% between counties as to which police forces took speeders to court or let them off with a fine.
Overall the numbers of drivers who were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices dropped last year by around 6% but interestingly there was a rise of around 10% of court summons. Usually a court summons is issued automatically if a driver is caught doing more than 20mph above the speed limit, for example 50mph in a 30mph zone. On motorways the threshold is 96mph. And fines from a court case average around £165 compared with a £60 FPN, but the circumstances of the incident, plus the offender’s means are taken into account.
The report suggested that the strictest counties were Nottinghamshire and Lancashire who sent roughly 17% of offenders each to court, while the most lenient was West Mercia closely followed by Kent and Suffolk, with only around 1 in 20 speeders having to go to court.
Police authorities do have a certain degree of discretion in such cases as is right, however, it seems that some are more severe than others.
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