Motor insurance: Half of speeders 'not caught'

Friday, 24 June 2011

Getting flashed by a speed camera is only a sign of an impending fine for less than half of speeding drivers.

An investigation by Radio 4 has discovered that because the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has a large number of out of date records, only 48 per cent of drivers who are notified of their driving violations are being punished.

Even though the likelihood of getting a fine is lower than expected, drivers should drive carefully with respect for fellow motorists to avoid accidents and keep car insurance premiums low.

The investigation revealed that in London, 500,000 drivers are snapped commiting driving offences a year though only 350,000 are ever contacted and of them only 48 per cent end up getting points on their licence or a fine.

Dianne Ferreira of road safety charity Brake told the Metro: "It's important that drivers do not get the message that somehow it's all right to speed."

As an online simulation by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents shows, higher speeds lead to a greater stopping distance, which can be the difference between safety and an accident that could affect motor insurance premiums.

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