New penalties for careless drivers or inconsiderate driving came into effect in August this year.
Police have powers to issue fixed penalties to drivers for less serious careless driving offences, freeing them from lengthy court processes.
Fixed penalties have increased for most motoring offences including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seat belt – penalties rise to £100. Fixed penalties for middle lane hogging and tail gating also come into effect.
The penalty for careless driving is now £100 with 3 points on the drivers licence. The most serious examples will continue to go through court, where offenders my face higher penalties.
Careless driving costs lives and road traffic offences contribute to a significant number of casualties, for example in 2011 excess speed contributed to 213 deaths and using a mobile phone while driving contributed to 374 road casualties.
Please make sure you stay safe on the road and remember it is up to you to drive responsibly and stay within the law.