Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Motorists Welcome a Chance to Avoid Penalties

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Motorists Welcome a Chance to Avoid Penalties

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Local drivers yesterday broadly welcomed plans to introduce one-day driving courses for speeders.

Veteran motorist Miles Atkinson, 77, of Whitburn Hall in Sunderland, passed his driving test back in 1949.

When he was caught by a camera on the A1 in Stannington, Northumberland, exceeding the 50mph limit last year it was his first offence in 50 years of driving.

He was given three fixed penalty points and a pounds 60 fine.

The retired former local government officer said: "There are so many cameras about these days that I am sure everyone can accept that a driver can make a mistake.

"If these courses mean a driver can keep his licence clean then it has got to be a good idea."

Computer specialist Steve Proud, 50, of Longhurst Drive in Cramlington, Northumberland, has been ticketed twice by speed cameras.

The first time was in Bristol, the second happened more recently at the controversial Blue House roundabout camera in Gosforth, Newcastle, when he was caught exceeding the 30mph limit. …

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