Motoring offences

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Motoring offence fixed penalty notice

A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) requires you to pay a fine and/or receive points on your licence. Minor road traffic or motoring violations can be dealt with at the time, by a police officer.

Accepting an FPN, in most cases, means you avoid court. If you're issued an FPN you usually have two options; pay the ticket or request a court hearing.

There are two types of FPN;

Endorsable tickets are usually given for offences such as speeding, going through a red light or driving with no insurance. The most common penalty issued is three points on your license and £100 fine, however this depends on the severity of the offence. Serious offences such as driving without insurance or while using a mobile phone can result in a larger fine and more points.

Non-endorsable tickets are usually issued for offences such as driving without an MOT or failing to comply with a traffic sign. Offenders will receive a fine, usually £50, but do not get any points on their license.

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Speeding remains one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths on our roads.

We would urge members of the public to always drive to the conditions of the road and remember, the limit is not a target. Driving over the limit not only increases the chance of an accident but also the severity of the consequences.

Speeding penalties, that involve the magistrates' court, are categorised into three main bands and vary depending on your weekly income and how fast you're driving at the time of the offence. The table below details more information.

Speed limit (mph) Recorded speed (mph)
20 41 and above 31 to 40 21 to 30
30 51 and above 41 to 50 31 to 40
40 66 and above 56 to 65 41 to 55
50 76 and above 66 to 75 51 to 65
60 91 and above 81 to 90 61 to 80
70 101 and above 91 to 100 71 to 90
Sentencing range Band C fine (125 to 175% of relevant weekly income) Band B fine (75 to 125% of relevant weekly income) Band A fine (25 to 75% of relevant weekly income)
Points/disqualification Disqualification from driving for seven to 56 days or six points Disqualification from driving for seven to 28 days or four to six points Three points

Traffic carIn circumstances where an individual is excessively driving over the speed limit, the court may choose to disqualify the driver for more than the 56 day period labelled in the table above.

Mobile phones

We regularly catch people using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

It only takes a few seconds distraction from a mobile to cause a collision, which can have fatal consequences.

Roads can be a dangerous place when the law is not respected and adhered to. If we are to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties on the county’s roads it is vital people comply with the law.

The law

Anyone caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will be reported for further action.

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Driving under the influence

Drink and drug driving enforcement is a vital tool in the reduction of fatal and injury collisions.

Our message to those who drive under the influence is clear – expect to be caught and brought to justice.

Drink and drug drivers are not only putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of others.

The law

What can happen if you are caught driving under the influence?

  • a maximum of six months imprisonment.
  • a fine of up to £5,000.
  • loss of your licence for a minimum of one year.
  • a criminal record.
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What is the drink drive limit?

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

What should you do if you suspect someone is driving under the influence?

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

How much am I safe to drink?

It is impossible to calculate exactly how much a person can drink before being over the limit as it depends on the individual.

The safest thing to do is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive.

What happens to a person’s driving ability when they drive over the limit?

Alcohol distorts your ability to judge speed and distances as well as increasing reaction times.

What is the Field Impairment Test?

The Field Impairment Test is a test made up of five exercises to establish whether a person driving is under the influence of drugs. The exercises include pupil examinations as well as co-ordination tasks.

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