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Dangerous Driving

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Labour, Bury South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the prevalence of reckless driving.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

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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