Punishment and reform - how to make drivers behave.
I thought I'd start a forum post, rather than comment on an individual case of poor driving, because I'm keen to know what people think of my idea.
At the moment, drivers may get a ban, maybe even a ban for life, but courts are populated by civil servants who predominantly drive, may indeed be sympathetic to the driver, and have a limited range of penalties to apply. So here is my suggestion.
For drivers who have clearly shown "some difficulty" in understanding the consequences of their poor driving I suggest that, in addition to any initial penalties, a marker is placed on their licence such that they would need to be retested each year, for life. In other words, their licence would have to be renewed each year.
For those for whom their offence was a momentary abberation, this would be reasonably tolerable, but for those who permanently seem to have "problems", whose danger to the public only gets picked up when the next KSI occurs, this regime would have a significant impact, especially if a medical (including testing for long term drug abuse) was also mandatory.
Such a mechanism would help protect the public from those who are subsequently discovered to consistently lack the skills required to drive safely, act as a significant deterent to other drivers, but also allow the individual an opportunity to continue driving if they can regularly demonstrate their ability to drive more carefully in the future. As we all know from the evidence of repeat offending, a fine of a few hundred pounds, and a ban of a few months, is not much of a deterent for some people, but the prospect of being "monitored", for life, might work wonders.
I'm of the opinion that this one slight change could help achieve a significant reduction in KSIs, and I'd appreciate some feedback. Many thanks.