Drivers warned of staggering fines for not wearing sunglasses – 'Don't take risk!'

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The changes give the police greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences, freeing them from resource-intensive court processes, the Government’s website says.

It adds that the existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences – including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt – rose to £100, bringing them into line with penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties.

Stephen Hammond, the former Road Safety Minister, said in 2013: “Careless driving puts innocent people’s lives at risk – that is why we have made it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice for low level offending rather than taking these offenders to court.

“We have also increased penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences.



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