A road safety campaigner from Brighouse says she is “disgusted” that 23 drivers in Calderdale are still behind the wheel despite having 12 points or more on their license.
Carol Whittingham, whose son Steven was killed by a teenage drink-driver in 1992, has called for judges to clamp down on dangerous drivers and said the prospect of motorists losing their job should have no impact on a magistrates’ decision in court. She said: “It’s absolutely appalling, I’m disgusted by the figures. This sends out completely the wrong message that anybody can break the law but just get away with it and be free to do it again.
“These people have made a conscious decision to do what they did but they should have thought about possibly losing their job before that.
“Anybody who accrues these points should be sent on a rehabilitation course and given the appropriate ban.”
One driver from Calderdale has 18 points on their license after committing five separate speeding offences but has not received a driving ban.
Franki Hackett, campaigns officer at road safety charity Brake, said: “It is outrageous these individuals are allowed to continue driving. It’s time for the government to get tough with these selfish, irresponsible and potentially deadly drivers.”
Chris Hunt Cooke, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association Road Traffic Committee, said: “It’s a high hurdle to convince a court that it will cause exceptional hardship to be banned from driving. You can only use that argument once every three years and you can’t use it if you get another three points within that time.”