Driving Licence Penalty Points

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Date: 2nd January 2017

Just before Christmas I was a naughty lady and got caught by a Radar Trap.  I was guilty so I paid the fine and had to send my licence for a 3 point penalty.  One is advised to check that the points are actually on one's licence so I duly went on line and couldn't believe what I saw.  In all my 50 years of driving I've never had a penalty point so was unaware of the Table of Points.  I'm usually a very law abiding person.  The Table seemed incomprehensibly lenient for some misdemeanours.

Would you believe that penalty points for 'Causing death by dangerous driving' start at 3 and go up to 11.  So unless there were extenuating circumstances you'd not get the 12 whereby you usually automatically lose your licence.  I would have imagined for that offence it would be automatic diqualification.There were many other instances which I would have considered severe  where the points started at 3 and go up to 11 such as 'using a mobile phone' and  'driving whilst disqualified'.  There's got to be a very good reason why you'd be disqualified.  

Locally, a young man was killed by a man texting at the wheel and an acquaintance of mine is in a wheelchair because a woman was texting and drove straight into him whilst he was on his motorbike at a junction.   He's had countless operations on his legs and is determined to walk again but the pain he has endured and the disruption to his life, career and family is beyond recompense.  

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