In the latest round of changes to sentencing for road traffic offences, it has now been reported that fines for speeding are gong to be increased.
The increased is aimed at serious speeding offenders and whereas a fine used to be 100% of a speeders weekly wage, this is now being increased to 150%.
A driver caught speeding at 101mph in a 70mph zone may well find themselves in this new “serious” bracket.
And it has been reported that Magistrates will be using this 150% figure as a starting point.
It has been suggested that these changes will come into force on 24 April 2017 and they came into being following a consultation with the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.
During the consultation period, road safety campaign group Road Peace told the Sentencing Council the current sentencing structure did not take into account the increase in potential harm caused by speed.
Road Peace stated: “Breaking a 20mph speed limit takes the probability of killing a pedestrian in a collision from less than 1% to 14% within the first sentencing range, to 37% at the top of the second and to 83% at the top of the third.
“This major escalation of potential harm [and actual harm when the deterrence of active travel is considered] only results in a small gradation of penalties.”
Sentencing Council member and Judge, Richard Williams said: “We have listened to the views of magistrates, criminal justice professionals and others with an interest in particular offence types in developing these guidelines. We are grateful to all those who responded to the consultation and helped shape the final versions that will be used in courts.”
Malcolm Richardson, the national chairman of the Magistrates Association, said: “Sentencing is the most important duty of the Magistrates’ Courts, undertaken on behalf of society … These new guidelines will further help ensure the consistent effectiveness of the magistracy, which is shown by the fact that under 1% of sentences are currently appealed.”
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