Spot fines: Police can focus on most dangerous drivers, says Hammond

Police are to be given new powers to fine careless drivers on the spot, rather than taking them to court.

Motorists who tailgate, undertake or cut-up other vehicles could face fines of up to a hundred pounds. It is part of a Government strategy to make Britain's roads safer.

Motorists who make a genuine mistake will be offered help to improve their driving. Critics say the approach, which is likely to be introduced in 2012 in England, Scotland and Wales, is too simplistic.

Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, said offending drivers would also be offered police approved training courses.

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