Motorists given ‘green light’ to break speed limit as roads turn into ‘postcode lottery’

Motorists given ‘green light’ to break speed limit as roads turn into ‘postcode lottery’

There are fears this could lead to motorists being given the “green light” to break driving laws such as speeding. A relaxation of policing could see motorists “go even faster” in the knowledge they are unlikely to be caught and sentenced for their crime. Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman said resources should be “irrelevant” when it came to ensuring speeding motorists came to justice. 

In an extreme example of how far motorists are willing to go, one driver was caught driving at 163mph on the M1. 

Since the UK went into lockdown, the number of vehicles caught speeding has doubled to 16 percent in big cities. 

Mr Freeman claims “heavy workloads” should not be offered as an excuse from police officers refusing to deal with offenders.

He said: “When it comes to justice, resources should be irrelevant. 

Mr Freeman previously warned the loss of the speeding courses were likely to lead forces to issuing straight fines and penalty points to offenders. 

However, analysis has some forces have avoided prosecuting drivers at all as they prioritise forces in other areas. 

Mr Freeman said police needed to decide ona  system of prosecution otherwise the public would “set their own speed limit”. 

He said: “We cannot allow an ad hoc criminal justice system. The interest of justice relates to justice – not the level of available resources. 

“Especially at a time when traffic may be lighter but the proportion committing offences is greater.

“So the Police have to decide – do they, for example let everyone off who does, say 35 – 40 mph in a 30mph zone or not. 

“Otherwise we`ll have a situation where the police are actively inviting the public to set their own speed limit. This is both unconscionable and dangerous. It has to stop.”

Express.co.uk have contacted Essex Police for comment on this piece. 

Published at Wed, 06 May 2020 13:01:00 +0000