10,000 Tailgaters Caught By New Cameras

Tue 10th Nov 2020

A new camera system aimed to clamp down on those motorists who drive too close to the car in front has been launched by Highways England, catching 10,000 offenders in the first month of operation.

The trial has so far proved successful, with warning letters sent out to all those caught by the new cameras, though in the future offenders may be prosecuted and hit with a £100 fine and three penalty points for driving without due care and attention.

“These new cameras have, sadly, highlighted just how many people are driving too close on our roads,” said Highway England’s Head of Road Safety, Jeremy Philips.

“We understand that most tailgating is unintentional by drivers who are simply unaware they are dangerously invading someone else’s space. But not leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front can be very frightening and intimidating – it could also prove fatal.

“We are trialling the new cameras to make drivers aware of their behaviour and encourage better driving. We are also using the Space Invader video game character as a quick reminder to drivers of the risks of tailgating. Our message is simple – Don’t be a Space Invader, Stay safe, stay back.”

Latest data revealed that 130 people were killed or seriously injured from incidents of tailgaiting in 2018, and while a quarter of drivers admitted to tailgating in a Highways England survey, nine out of ten motorists said they had been tailgated themselves.

“When people think of the causes of road accidents, tailgating probably isn’t one of them, but it’s one that can have dangerous repercussions,” said Roads Minister Baroness Vere. “Highways England’s innovative plans are already showing how serious and reckless this behaviour is, and through this campaign I hope we see tailgating drop, making our roads, already some of the safest in the world, safer still.”