Car insurance: End of the road for 'loophole' drivers

Thursday, 14 September 2006

Police are set to target dangerous drivers who use loopholes in the law to escape prosecution.

Meredydd Hughes, chief constable of South Yorkshire police, said there was growing concern over the number of motorists who are using legal technicalities to avoid being convicted of motoring offences.

Mr Hughes, head of road policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said: "There have been a number of cases where people feel that justice has not been done, both in the drink-driving world and in other cases where people have evaded the law having driven cars recklessly and at very high speeds."

In order to ensure that dangerous drivers are not prosecuted because of small print loopholes, the ACPO is planning to introduce a new team consisting of a lawyer and a former police office to help ensure speed camera cases are successful.

Mr Hughes explained: "If we are needed to call that expertise to support the prosecution case then the defence will pay the cost when we win."

Anyone convicted of dangerous driving could face a ban or fine and as a result their car insurance premiums would be expected to rise significantly.

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