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Police vow to enforce new fines for tailgating and lane hogging
POLICE in the region have warned motorists they will be issuing new on-the-spot fines for lane hogging and tailgating.
The new fines are part of changes giving the police powers to issue fixed-penalty notices for careless driving.
Motorists caught tailgating and hogging lanes on the motorway and dual carriageway could face fines of £100 and three points on their licence.
Police across the North-East and North Yorkshire have vowed to enforce the new fines.
Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, from North Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group, said: “As we with all road laws, we will be actively enforcing the new legislations in North Yorkshire.
“We always welcome new powers which can help us to make the roads safer and we will be using those powers along with existing legislation to try and reduce serious and fatal collisions across the county.”
Durham Police also warned drivers they would be on the lookout for anyone driving carelessly.
Fixed penalties for a number of other offences, including speeding, using a phone or not wearing a seatbelt while driving, have risen from £60 to £100.
Within hours of the increased fines coming into force on Friday, Cleveland Police had handed out five £100 fixed penalties for drivers not wearing seatbelts and two £300 penalties - up from £200 - for vehicles with no insurance in Hartlepool.
The launch of the new fines coincides with the start of a campaign targeting speeding drivers by Cleveland and Durham police.
The campaign, which is co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), will see officers conducting high-profile and static speed checks.
Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, national lead for roads policing, said: “The national increase in fixed penalty notices will hopefully make people think again about breaking the law.
“This can only have a positive impact and therefore lives will be saved on the roads across the country.”
The most serious offences will continue to go through court, where offenders may face also higher penalties.
The police will also be able to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement. Drivers will still be able to appeal against any decision in court.
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