Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have welcomed changes in the fixed penalty notice system for careless driving offences that were introduced yesterday (Friday).
Those caught committing careless driving offences such as driving inappropriately in the middle lane of a motorway or driving aggressively such as tailgating face an increased £100 fine and will receive three points on their licence.
Similar punishments will faced by drivers who perform stunts like handbrake turns as part of a move to tackle anti-social behaviour on the roads.
Acting Chief Inspector Richard Parsons, from the force’s Roads Policing Unit, said:
“Hampshire Constabulary is committed to ensuring the safety of our road users and reducing road casualties across the two counties. We continually work to cut casualties and welcome any changes that will help us do that.
“We apply this law through a mixture of enforcement and education, and we’d rather prevent it from happening in the first place through raising public awareness.
“Careless driving is not a new law, but this change in the fixed penalty notice system is another step towards a less bureaucratic way of dealing with motoring offences and avoiding lengthy court processes, enabling us to make more effective use of our resources.”