Never mind higher court fines; focus on more effective enforcement of existing traffic laws

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by GEM Motoring Assist

ROAD SAFETY AND breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging ministers to stop making pointless proposals about big rises in court fines and focus their attention on providing better enforcement of existing laws.

Responding to the headline-grabbing remarks this week by Justice Minister Jeremy Wright, GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said: “You have to catch offenders before you can fine them, and current levels of police enforcement on the UK’s roads are woefully inadequate.

“Besides, any new legislation would require time for debate in Parliament, but there is currently no current timetable for any such discussion.

“GEM believes it is vital that there are more speed controls, more drink and drug drive checks, more seatbelt checks, more mobile phone checks, more vehicle safety checks, as well as an increase in police patrols to identify and deal with unsafe driving acts. This will serve as a welcome deterrent and will see higher levels of compliance with road traffic rules.

“The direct result of better compliance will be less use of court time for motoring offences, and – crucially – fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”