Speed in Europe get fined in UK

* EU reveals plans * Drivers more likely to speed abroad * European-wide laws will help reduce fatalities...

12 September 2008
Speed in Europe  get fined in UK

The European Parliament is set to introduce laws to ensure drivers caught speeding abroad won't be able to avoid prosecution.

In addition, MEPs demanded cross-European action to reduce the number of road fatalities.

Last year over 40,000 people died on Europes roads, with 75% of those fatalities a direct result of speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and failing to stop at red lights.

The legislation is part of a European Commission initiative to halve road deaths in Europe between 2001 and 2010. At the start of this decade, 54,000 people a year were killed.

Research has shown that non-resident drivers account for a disproportionately high number of road traffic accidents, particularly while speeding.

MEPs backed proposals to make it easier to impose fines across borders, to create legislation to allow a motorist's home authorities to chase fines imposed by other European nations and to introduce a European-wide electronic database of cars.