British adults have been asked which laws they most commonly break, as part of the launch of a new crime drama on channel Alibi. Nine laws were proffered as those that were most likely to be broken, and included speeding, using a mobile phone without a hands free kit while driving, and parking on double yellow lines.
Speeding is the most commonly broken of all driving offences, and depending on the area and the degree to which the speed limit was broken, it can attract three or more penalty points, and a fine of £60 or upwards. In some cases, if the driver does not have any penalty points on their licence already, it may be possible to take a speed awareness course and therefore avoid the addition of points and the payment of a fine but insurers will normally still ask for details of awareness courses attended, and the driver must pay the cost of the course.
Using a mobile phone while driving, without using a hands-free kit, can attract similar penalties, but in June it was announced that the £100 fine could be doubled to £200 in a bid to act as a greater deterrent to those drivers that still insist on texting or talking while driving. Awareness courses may also be available in some areas for this type of offence, but not all areas.
Parking on double yellow lines is not considered an offence that carries penalty points, but it can still lead to a fine. Parking on the zig-zag lines next to a pedestrian crossing, however, can land you with three points on your licence. It is possible to challenge parking tickets, and experts have previously said that many fines would prove to be unenforceable if they were challenged in courts, although going to court does mean that you typically miss the opportunity to pay the reduced fine that is offered.
Many drivers have previously admitted to breaking the rules, with some stating that they inadvertently drive above the speed limit while others say they do so because the roads are clear. Motorways are the roads on which drivers are most likely to break the law, according to previous studies.