Dangerous Driving:Written question - 28508

Asked by Mr Ivan Lewis
(Bury South)
Asked on: 25 February 2016
Department for Transport
Dangerous Driving
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the prevalence of reckless driving.
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 04 March 2016

The Road Safety Statement published on 21 December 2015 outlines what the Department is currently doing to improve road safety. For example, we are currently consulting on increasing the penalty points and financial penalty for those who commit the offence of using a mobile phone whilst driving.

We have previously introduced fixed penalty notices in order to assist the police in dealing more effectively with careless driving. This would enable more people to be offered rehabilitative education to combat such behaviour.

Britain is a world leader in road safety, but we are always striving to improve. For example, from 2 March 2015 it has been an offence to drive with certain drugs in your body in excess of official limits. I have provided £1million to further increase enforcement during the THINK! campaign that commenced on 29 February and will run through March thus coinciding with the 1st anniversary of the commencement of the new offence.

Sentencing and enforcement policy issues are matters for the Ministry of Justice and Home Office respectively.

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