£100 fines for 10,000 naughty drivers
In a crack down on anti-social driving habits, police have been handing out £100 on-the-spot fines for the last couple of years. At least 10,000 drivers have had one for anything from reading while driving to splashing pedestrians.
Drivers have been fined for:
- Hogging the middle lane
- Undertaking on the inside lane
- Driving at high speeds near schoolchildren
- Splashing pedestrians
- Stunt driving like wheel spinning
- Failing to give way at junctions
- Pushing in to queuing traffic
- Driving "distracted by acts of female passenger"
...and a lot of other things they'd be ashamed to admit.
But it's not just the cash
As well as the £100 fine, you could also be given 3 points on your licence - and some motoring groups reckon it's all down to the luck of where you live. The Metropolitan police have given out 1,397 fines since 2013, while Durham police have only issued 3!
The moral of the story
Don't zone out. Driving carelessly can be very dangerous and these 'little' habits make life unpleasant for other road users. It's not fair, so don't do it.
Paying £100 for doing something silly is bad enough, but 3 points on your licence is something you'll have to admit to insurers - and possibly even employers - for the next 4 years.
And if you get 6 points on your licence within 2 years of passing your test, you'll have your licence revoked. All for those annoying little habits.