Car insurance: Slow drivers are 'just as dangerous'

Monday, 06 November 2006

Usually it is speeding drivers who face the wrath of the public but this week slow drivers have been singled out by a judge ruling in a careless driving court case.

Judge David Cooper told Lowestoft Magistrates Court that "people who stick rigidly to the speed limit are a bit of a nuisance".

He was sentencing Matthew Musgrove for causing an accident when he hit the car in front, driven by Andy Ellis, after it slowed to 50 mph on a known accident spot.

The 27-year-old Mr Musgrove was on the A14 at Haughley Bends when he clipped the vehicle during a failed overtaking manoeuvre.

However road safety groups disagreed with the judge's opinion and said that speed limits should always be stuck to because speed accounts for over 790 deaths in the UK every year according to the Department for Transport.

Some car insurance customers claim that slow drivers increase the need for overtaking which in turn creates overtaking accidents.

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