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NPCC boss Anthony Bangham urges prosecution for all speeding drivers

SpeedingThe head of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) says a non-prosecution buffer zone for speeding drivers should be abolished. Anthony Bangham says driving at even one mile per hour over the limit in a particular zone is breaking the law and the offender should be prosecuted.

West Mercia’s chief-constable says the 10 per cent buffer leeway should be consigned to history forthwith. He also claims the option for speeders of taking an awareness course should be used less as heavy fines and penalty points on driving licences are more effective in deterring repeat offenders.

Guidelines for the prosecution of speeding motorists in effect at present state drivers should be given a margin of 10 per cent above the limit in the zone plus an extra two miles per hour. Taking a 40mph zone as an example would mean drivers would likely get away scot free for actually driving at 46mph.

In a speech last week, chief-constable Bangham said drivers who flouted the law by driving at 33mph in a 30mph restricted area could hardly whine if they got caught and prosecuted. He expounded by saying the limit was 30mph and anything over that was breaking the law.

20’s Plenty For Us founder Rod King voiced his support for chief-constable Bangham’s proposal by saying a speed limit was a speed limit and a buffer leeway in fact increased this. The AA and RAC seem less in favour and say such a move could lead to a nation of obsessed motorists continually checking their speedos.

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