Driver jailed for getting partner to take speeding points
A driver got his partner, who didn’t hold a full driving licence, to take his speeding points.
Instead of owning up and paying a fine, Dilovan Mohammed persuaded his partner, Madison Rodgers, to take the points for him.
Passing sentence at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, Judge Michael Pert QC said the seriousness of swapping speeding penalty points was highlighted in March, when former energy secretary Chris Huhne and ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both jailed for eight months for a similar offence involving penalty points.
Posted on September 16th, 2013
Local media stories
Leicester Mercury links to the numbers of drivers caught jumping red lights
and the new 40mph speed limit
on the A50 Groby Road.
Posted on August 30th, 2013
Fines increase from mid August 2013
The fixed penalty notice fine for speeding has increased from £60 to £100, in addition the fine for using a mobile phone behind the wheel has also risen from £60 to £100 and the non-wearing of a seatbelt from £30 to £60. The Drink Drive fine remains unaffected at up to £5,000.
Posted on August 22nd, 2013
Latest court results
- Nicola Jane Bassford (42), of Thorpe Road, Shepshed, pleaded guilty to driving at more than the 50mph speed limit on Loughborough Road, Quorn, on September 19, 2012. She was fined £60 and told to pay £30 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Her driving licence was endorsed with three penalty points
- Abdul Gahloor (58), of Highleys Drive, Oadby, was found guilty in his absence of failing to give information of a driver’s identity when required by a police officer on January 30. He was fined £600 and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. His driving licence was also endorsed with six penalty points
- John Nixon (56), of Coleman Road, Fleckney, pleaded guilty to driving at more than the 30mph speed limit on Tigers Way, Leicester, on September 20, 2012. He was fined £133 and told to pay £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Three penalty points were put on his driving licence
Posted on May 1st, 2013
More time devoted to monitoring speeding motorists
From April 2013 the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Safety Camera Partnership will no longer be installing temporary camera warning signs which remind motorists that Speed Enforcement Vans are operating in the area.
This change will only effect community concern sites, which are those places where there is a local concern about traffic speed. Camera signs will still remain in place at our core enforcement sites which, in addition to speeding issues, also have a record of being places where a number fatalities or serious injuries have occurred.
Jonathan Clarkson, Safety Camera Partnership spokesperson said, “The decision to stop installing temporary signs has been made in an effort to reduce costs and save time, due to wear and tear at the roadside the signs themselves have a lifespan of approximately twelve months.”
“Our staff will be able to devote more time monitoring traffic speeds in those areas where local people have raised their concerns.”
Speed enforcement at community concern sites is a rolling programme with each location usually benefiting from speed enforcement for a period of twelve months. In certain cases where speeding is still an issue, or following a fatal or serious injury, or as an interim measure prior to a permanent highway engineering solution being put in place, enforcement may continue. If enforcement is required for a further period then the site could be considered to be included as a core site.
Details of where the Speed Enforcement Vans will be operating are published weekly on www.speedorsafety.com/mobile-camera-schedule
Posted on April 15th, 2013
Speed Awareness Courses have a lasting effect
National Speed Awareness Courses have a “long term impact” on driving behaviour, a new independent study
from Birmingham’s Aston University Business School has revealed.
More than 1,300 motorists were interviewed as part of the study, all of them had attended a National Speed Awareness Course after they were caught speeding.
The National Speed Awareness Course, delivered by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS), is now offered by the majority of UK police forces to low level speeding motorists as an alternative to prosecution.
Posted on January 25th, 2013
Report reveals that drivers are slowing down
The number of drivers breaking the 30 mph speed limit dropped by a third in the period 1998-2010, according to a report
co-published by the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
The report, Speed and Safety: Evidence from published data
, found that in 1998, 69% of cars on 30 mph roads were travelling above the limit, but by 2010 the figure had fallen to 46%.
The report – published in August and authored by Dr Kit Mitchell – also shows that speeds on motorways have reduced. The percentage of cars exceeding 70 mph fell from 57% in 2003 to 49% in 2010.
Dr Mitchell notes that speed limit offences (fixed penalty notices, convictions in court and written warnings) in England and Wales have declined rapidly in the past few years after a large rise in the 1990s.
Posted on October 17th, 2012
Cameras becoming more acceptable
82% of people now say it is acceptable for local authorities to use safety cameras, but 45% think that raising income is still a main reason for their use, according to an IAM survey.
The survey results are presented in a report titled ‘Speed cameras: a snapshot of public opinion
The annual survey also reveals that 72% of respondents think that speed awareness courses are a good idea, and 85% think that cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths since the 90s.
The results do, however, vary from country to country.
Cameras are least popular in Wales where 32% of respondents think they are unacceptable. At 27%, Wales also had the highest number of respondents who had either been caught speeding or knew someone in their household who was caught speeding.
Cameras are most popular in Scotland where only 15% think they are unacceptable, and just 14% of Scottish respondents or a member of their household had been caught speeding.
In England, 20% of respondents think cameras are not acceptable, and 19% of households had someone who had been convicted of speeding.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Simply catching and fining drivers does not change drivers’ awareness of the hazards of excessive speed. The popularity of speed awareness courses show that the public think training is the best option.
“Speed cameras are an essential part of the policing toolkit and are becoming more and more accepted, but it’s clear that some people need reassuring about their purpose and funding.”
Posted on August 30th, 2012
More motorists heed speed limits on local road
The new safety camera site on the A6 Leicester Roadoutside Loughborough will begin enforcing the 50 mph speed limit from Monday 6th August 2012.
The camera, near the One Ash roundabout, has been monitoring vehicle speeds in both directions since mid May and, has to date, detected 858 vehicles being driven at speeds where the driver would be liable to be prosecuted.
At new safety camera sites it is normal practice to install the camera, and the relevant signing, initially to monitor traffic speeds and to allow motorists a short period of time to modify their driving style before the camera begins enforcing the speed limit.
In response to local safety concerns, and following an assessment of the site last summer, the safety camera was installed by Leicestershire County Council. The assessment found that in the previous 36 months, in addition to four slight accidents, four people had been killed or seriously injured on this particular stretch of road.
Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council lead member for Environment and Transport, said, “Through our site assessment we discovered that 15% of the traffic passing through the camera site was being driven at excessive speed with the highest recorded speed being in excess of 76 mph. It would appear that the new safety camera is already having a positive effect on drivers’ behaviour.”
Ian Drummond, Chairman of the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership (LLRRSP) said, “The presence of the safety camera has been successful in moderating motorists behaviour, we believe that when speed enforcement begins this will result in long term safety benefits.”
Posted on July 30th, 2012
Commitment to speed camera deterrent despite funding cuts
Two years after the Government announced major cuts in road safety funding, figures suggest fixed speed cameras continue to be used in most areas of England.
following Freedom of Information (FOI) requests show that in England there are currently:
- 2,331 fixed speed camera sites
- 3,026 fixed speed camera housings
- 487 operational fixed cameras
A site is a single geographical location at which there might be more than one housing facing – for example – in different directions down a stretch of road.
Of the 32 administrative bodies which did use fixed speed cameras and did respond, ten said they had made no change to the level of provision of sites, housings and cameras since 2010. Several others registered only small changes in provision over the past two years.
Despite an overall picture of continuing fixed speed camera operations, concern was raised by a number of those questioned about how the money would be found to replace increasingly obsolete wet-film cameras – those relying on old-style photographic film instead of digital technology – with new equipment.
One estimate is that an appropriate type-approved digital camera to replace a wet-film camera will cost in the region of £20,000.
Commenting on the figures, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
“Many people believe there has been a mass switch-off of cameras over the past couple of years. But the data shows that, overall, this is simply not true.
“The RAC Foundation’s best evidence is that if all speed cameras were turned off around 80 more people would be killed on the roads each year with 700 others seriously injured. Therefore we welcome these figures which suggest the majority of fixed cameras have been retained and housings are being kept in place to act as a deterrent.
“Although there are many more housings than cameras, it seems that the cameras are regularly rotated between them ensuring there is some level of positive enforcement at most sites. It is also important to note that many police constabularies rely heavily on mobile cameras to catch law breakers and in many cases have now have an increased emphasis on this type of operation.
“We are concerned funds won’t be available to purchase new equipment to replace increasingly antiquated film cameras. There is a lack of money for all aspects of road safety and we urge councillors to allocate adequate budgets to protect people on the roads by whatever means is appropriate. Recent figures showing that deaths on the road rose in 2011, for the first time since 2003, only reinforce the need to retain the focus on road safety.”
Posted on July 12th, 2012