Lee Glendinning
The Guardian
November 20, 2008

Motorists could be automatically banned from the road after two speeding tickets under government reforms unveiled today.

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The tougher measures would apply to drivers who break the speed limit by a significant margin. Other proposals involve drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Those who twice break the speed limit by a large margin – 20mph or more – could be given six penalty points, resulting in a potential ban after two offences. A driver with 12 points is automatically disqualified.

Currently drivers receive a £60 fine and three points regardless of their speed.

Provisional government figures showed this month that the number of people killed on the roads this spring fell by 20% compared with the same period in 2007.

There were 580 fatalities between April and June 2008, compared with 721 in the same three months last year.

Jim Fitzpatrick, the roads safety minister, said more could be done to cut the numbers. He will outline the proposals in a written statement to the Commons.

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