80mph... and not a jot faster

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DRIV­ERS could be hit with a fine if they stray just ONE mile-an-hour over the pro­posed new 80mph mo­tor­way speed limit.

Ex­ist­ing cam­eras al­low driv­ers to ex­ceed the limit by at around 10 per cent.

But road safety min­is­ter Mike Pen­ning says that if the 80mph limit does come into force, speed cam­eras will op­er­ate un­der a ‘zero tol­er­ance’ pol­icy.

Tory Pen­ning, 54, said: “You will have to re­alise there is a re­ally, re­ally strong pos­si­bil­ity if you ex­ceed the speed limit – if we move it to 80mph – you will be pros­e­cuted.”

The new 80mph limit is ex­pected to be tested on stretches of the M1, M6, M42 and M25.

But Paul Wat­ters of the AA says that an ul­tra-strict en­force­ment of the limit could lead to mo­torists con­cen­trat­ing more on their speed than on their ac­tual driv­ing.

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