'We must get tough on dangerous drivers'

'We must get tough on dangerous drivers'

'We must get tough on dangerous drivers'

First published in Politics The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A BOLTON MP has called for tougher driving laws — and criticised a number of celebrities who have escaped being banned from the road.

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West, took part in a debate on dangerous driving in parliament, where she said the current laws were not being taken seriously enough.

It follows a report in The Bolton News about how a Bolton woman is still driving despite having 27 points on her licence, clocked up through speeding offences.

Drivers are usually banned from the road after they reach 12 points, unless a magistrate agrees that if they lost their licence they would face exceptional hardship.

During the debate Ms Hilling highlighted how a poll on The Bolton News website showed 83 per cent of readers thought 12 points should result in a ban.

She said: “If a driver can clock up 47 points, 27 points or even just 15 points, it seems to me that they have a disregard for the law and therefore pose a risk to other road users.

“We need to tackle not only the sentencing of people convicted of causing death or serious injury by dangerous driving, but the whole issue of driving offences and our attitude to the way cars can be used as weapons.

“We need drivers to realise at every level of offence that bad behaviour will be punished in order to make roads safer.”

Ms Hilling also pointed to the cases of Premiership foot-baller Zak Whitbread, who admitted to speeding at 97mph with 17 points, who escaped a ban after saying he would not be able to find another football job if he couldn’t drive.

She also highlighted how Sean Fitzgerald, son of ‘Amarillo’ singer Tony Christie, was allowed to keep his licence after totting up 25 points by arguing he would not be able to drive his dad to gigs if he was banned.

Ms Hilling said: “There are many other cases of people who escaped bans.

“Not all those 8,000 people are famous, but often they are rich enough to pay a good barrister to get them off.”

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3:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Few years ago a woman hit and killed a cyclist and claimed it was because she fainted at the wheel.

She was a doctor and a collegue stated that people can faint at any time despite have no existing medical conditions, and she could afford a good barrister, result, no conviction, even managed to avoid any points.

One law etc etc
Few years ago a woman hit and killed a cyclist and claimed it was because she fainted at the wheel. She was a doctor and a collegue stated that people can faint at any time despite have no existing medical conditions, and she could afford a good barrister, result, no conviction, even managed to avoid any points. One law etc etc Jim271
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

bigger fines ... longer bans ..... crush cars of multiple offenders whether its for parking , speeding or careless driving
bigger fines ... longer bans ..... crush cars of multiple offenders whether its for parking , speeding or careless driving lv8151
  • Score: 4

7:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

12 points - automatic ban.

ANYONE who holds a driving licence know that 12 points = a ban. There should be no mitigating/hardship excuses and sob stories. These people flout the law, they know they flout the law and must do it on purpose. If not on purpose then they are thick.

Once they get 12 points it should be a two year ban, a £2,000 fine and their insurance premium also doubled. Harsh??? Not at all. If they do it again a second time then the ban duration, insurance and fine should be doubled again. If they don't learn and do it a third time, ban for life. No if's and no but's.

Thick people should never be allowed a driving licence, end of.

A driving licence is a privilige, NOT a right.
12 points - automatic ban. ANYONE who holds a driving licence know that 12 points = a ban. There should be no mitigating/hardship excuses and sob stories. These people flout the law, they know they flout the law and must do it on purpose. If not on purpose then they are thick. Once they get 12 points it should be a two year ban, a £2,000 fine and their insurance premium also doubled. Harsh??? Not at all. If they do it again a second time then the ban duration, insurance and fine should be doubled again. If they don't learn and do it a third time, ban for life. No if's and no but's. Thick people should never be allowed a driving licence, end of. A driving licence is a privilige, NOT a right. wsw69
  • Score: 11

11:43pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

I think they should be banned until the first points they got get removed (not sure how long) then if they hit 12 again then ban them again, and make them take an extended driving test to get the licence back each time.
I would think that if they needed the car then they would drive with more due care instead of flouting the twisted law.
Maybe insurance companies should refuse to cover them if the law wont ban them ?
I think they should be banned until the first points they got get removed (not sure how long) then if they hit 12 again then ban them again, and make them take an extended driving test to get the licence back each time. I would think that if they needed the car then they would drive with more due care instead of flouting the twisted law. Maybe insurance companies should refuse to cover them if the law wont ban them ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

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