Some speeders may not be given points. Ministers
may launch a major climb down on speed cameras in a bid to defuse mounting
public anger over their use. First time speeding offenders could be
given a second chance if they are driving just over the limit.
Instead of an automatic £60 fixed penalty and three points on their
licence these drivers will be given a conditional caution and offered the
chance of paying up to £200 for a place on a 'Driver Improvement Scheme'.
But if they are caught a second time the points will go on their
Again there is doubt as to whether these arrangements will do anything change the road traffic accident claim statistics.
M25 Cameras Net £600,000 in fines Since February 2004. A string
of cameras being used to enforce a 40 mph stretch through roadworks of the M25 motorway has caught 10,000 drivers since they were activated in
February. Many people think
that variable speed limits should be in place and that to enforce a 40 mph
limit at two o’clock in the morning is unreasonable. This particular stretch is between
junctions 12 and 14 and once that has been widened the 40 mph limit will
be moved to between junctions 14 and 15. On this occasion the £60 fixed
penalty fines will go entirely into government coffers and not into police
funds because it is a national motorway project.
In the case of the M25, electronic signs in the central reservation
show the number of speeding offences recorded since the roadworks