A19 safety risked through ‘dangerous’ drivers on road despite penalty points

Traffic is diverted off the A19 northbound following a collision.
Traffic is diverted off the A19 northbound following a collision.

More should be done to enforce the laws of the road says an MP leading a call for the Government to launch an inquiry to make the A19 safer.

Figures released by the DVLA show more than 10,000 drivers remain allowed to drive on the UK’s roads despite having 12 or more penalty points on their licence.

Easington MP Grahame Morris.

Easington MP Grahame Morris.

The stats also show that motorists in the North have the most licences with around a dozen or more points.

Research has also found men were more likely to have clocked up more penalty points than women, with 33 out of every 100,000 men drivers hitting the limit or above, compared to eight out of 100,000 woman motorists.

People with 12 points within a three year period are usually banned, with six months for a dozen or more, with a further ban of a year for a second offence and then two years for a third offence.

The numbers have been published in the wake of claims from the Government that the reason for so many collisions and delays on the A19 is due to motorists’ behaviour.

If we are to address the causes of road accidents on the A19 the Government should start by ensuring existing laws are properly enforced.”

Grahame Morris

Readers have also said they believe bad driving is to blame for the high number of crashes and near misses on the road.

New figures detailing collisions are yet to be issued by the Government for the 2016 period,

Estimated statistics show between Boldon and Wolviston, there were 36 crashes during that time, with 88 vehicles involved.

They left 71 people hurt, with six of the smashes classed as serious.

Easington MP Grahame Morris, who is leading the call for a Government inquiry into safety on the road, as championed through our Safe A19 campaign, said in the wake of the DVLA’s findings: “There are a number of structural issues on the A19 which need to be addressed.

“The Government must invest in the North in our transport infrastructure to the same extent as they do in London and the South East.

However, driver behaviour has been identified by the minister as well as respondents to the Hartlepool Mail’s A19 safety campaign.

“It is therefore bizarre that so many people who have been found to be driving below acceptable standards are allowed to continue driving with 12 and in some case many more points on their licence.

“Allowing potentially dangerous drivers to remain on our roads makes a mockery of the points system and does nothing to improve road safety.

“If we are to address the causes of road accidents on the A19 the Government should start by ensuring existing laws are properly enforced.”

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