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Calls For Seatbelt Laws To Be Enforced

Reports are in of fresh calls for seatbelt laws in England and Wales to be enforced with penalty points for non wearers.

Only a few of us remember the times when wearing a seatbelt was not a legal requirement of driving. In fact I remember driving in my mum’s car as a child, where there were seatbelts even fitted in the back.

Currently, the penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is a £100 fine, which can increase to £500 should the matter go to court.

When you think about how important wearing a seatbelt is, and how many lives they save, wearing one should be like second nature too us. Hands up who remembers the “Clunk Click Every Trip” campaign.

Direct Line and the Parliamentary Advisory Council For Transport Safety (“PACTS”) are now calling for Great Britain to adopt the same rules as in Northern Ireland and have those drivers not wearing a seatbelt face 3 points on there driving licence.

A poll undertaken by Direct Line showed how 70% of this interviewed would back new seatbelt wearing laws. However, 30% stated that 3 points were not enough and offending drivers should face 6 points, the same as for using amoebae phone behind the wheel.

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman said he welcomed the research by insurance firm Direct Line, adding that the Government is “actively looking at whether to introduce penalty points”.

Gus Park, managing director of motor insurance at Direct Line, described the introduction of mandatory seat belt wearing 36 years ago as “one of the most effective road safety measures in the history of motoring”.

He went on: “It may not prevent collisions, but it can and does prevent death and serious injury.”

AA president Edmund King said: “It is surprising that drivers haven’t learnt lessons from the most high-profile and tragic car crash case of all-time, where Princess Diana, Dodi Fayad and driver Henri Paul all died without wearing seat belts.

“Bigger fines and penalty points for not wearing seat belts should be introduced as soon as possible to persuade drivers of the importance of belting up.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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25% Of Divers Still Think Using A Phone In A Traffic Queue Is Okay

Reports made by the government’s National Travel Attitudes Study (NTAS) has shown how 25% of drivers are still under the impression that using a phone whilst they are in a traffic jam is still okay.

And on the flip side, 75% of drivers think the mobile phone laws are not enforced enough.

Despite campaigns and high profile reported cases, an alarming 6% of drivers claim using a phone behind the wheel is safe, even when the vehicle is moving. I know that doesn’t sound like much but when you equate to 1 in 20 cars on the road then it becomes more unnerving.

Interestingly, 62% believed mobile phone usage, even talking handsfree, was totally unsafe.

Following the report, road safety charity Brake has now called on the government to issue police with greater resources to enforce mobile phone laws.

Brake is making further calls by asking the government to make any phone usage behind the wheel, handsfree or not, to become illegal.

Brake has been very vocal in stating how distracting using a phone behind the wheel is. They have also claimed mobile phones are just as, if not more so, a large factor in the because of road accidents.

Joshua Harris, Brake’s director of campaigns, said the existing rules were giving drivers a “false impression” about phone use.

“Using a phone when behind the wheel can impair you as much as driving drunk so it’s a real concern that one in four people think it’s safe to use their phone when behind the wheel in stationary traffic,” he said. “A car is a lethal weapon and it only takes a moment’s inattention to result in devastating consequences. It’s equally worrying that three-quarters of people feel that the law is not being properly enforced, a situation which may lead some to think they can get away with using their phone behind the wheel.

“Most drivers know that all phone use behind the wheel is dangerous, but we need the law to reflect this by banning the use of hands-free devices. The current law provides a dangerous false impression about the use of phones behind the wheel and must be changed. We also call on the government to invest in roads policing as a priority so that the police have the resources they need to ensure there is a true deterrent to the menace of mobile phone use behind the wheel.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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How To Be Convicted For Drink Driving Without Being Over The Limit

Okay, let’s drill this down a bit. A conviction for drink driving in its purest form carries a fine, disqualification, community orders and in the most serious cases, prison. So what we are looking at is a “drink driving” offence, and yes there is a distinction.

Even if you have had half a pint of beer and are clearly under the legal limit, the police can still charge you with an offence should they deem you unfit to drive. Interestingly, this type of offence does not even need evidence from a breathalyser showing you are over the limit.

Mark Tongue, a spokesman for Select Car Leasing, said: “It can be tempting, particularly in the height of summer, to enjoy a drink in a nice pub beer garden before heading home.

“But if that drink makes you impaired in any way, even though you may not be above the legal limit, you could still face heavy consequences.

“If you’re feeling unwell, alcohol can make you excessively drowsy. Meanwhile, some antibiotics, when mixed with alcohol, can cause sickness and dizziness.”

Alcohol reacts differently to each person who consumes it and just one unit can impair the driver’s vision, section or overall control of a vehicle.

It is estimated that around 85,000 people are convicted of drink driving offences each year. Every year more than 60 people are killed in accidents where alcohol was a factor across England and Wales.

A motoring lawyer said: “You have a number of potential offences where you can be charged and convicted without being above the ‘legal limit’.

“Police now tend to use the ‘unfit’ charge when they are in difficulties, perhaps, for example, when the breathalyser machine does not work properly, or if somebody fails to give a specimen for analysis.

“And by reverting to the old charge of being ‘unfit’, the prosecutor at court can simply refer to their demeanour when arrested and the standard of driving.

“It tends to be used as a sort of legal backstop.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Embassies have Racked Up £119 Million In Unpaid Parking Charges

The Mail Online has reported how embassies and diplomats have run up traffic and parking charges of £119 Million, with the US Embassy topping the lost with an outstanding total of £12.6 Million.

The top 5 international offenders are;

USA – £12.6 Million
Japan – £8.6 Million
Nigeria – £7 Million
Russia – £5.7 Million
China – £5.2 Million
Poland – £4.4 Million

The outstanding monies are generally in relation to congestion charges and parking fines. And the galling thing is how the UK may never see a penny of it.

This international loophole comes directly from the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations whereby diplomats are exempt from paying taxes in the country hosting them.

The agreement, signed by the UK, means the embassies have no legal obligation to pay the charges.

Transport For London [“TfL”] have decided to challenge the situation owing to a massive loss in revenue. To put the figure in perspective, in 2018 TfL made £155.9 Million from congestion charge payments alone. The situation is further heightened as, by law, TfL has to reinvest its revenue back into the London transport infrastructure.

TfL’s general manager for road user charging Paul Cowperthwaite said the company continue to request payment from diplomats.

He said: “We are clear that the congestion charge is a charge for a service and not a tax. This means that foreign diplomats are not exempt from paying it.

“We continue to pursue all unpaid congestion charge fees and related penalty charge notices.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Drug Driver Lead Police On High Speed Chase Through Town

It has recently been reported how a Telford man, who had already been disqualified from driving, led police on a high speed chase through the town.

The driver was originally stopped as a routine check before speeding off towards oncoming traffic and going around roundabouts the wrong way.

The chase come to an end when he crashed into a wall before running away. The police caught up with him soon afterwards and made their arrest.

He was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving whilst disqualified, driving with no insurance and drug driving.

He pleaded guilty at Telford Magistrates Court and received a 4 month suspended prison sentence, an additional 4 year driving ban and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Following the case, police released video footage of the chase, which you can watch by clicking the link – https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/dawley/2019/08/29/watch-potentially-deadly-six-minute-car-chase-through-telford-leads-to-arrest/

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Fresh Calls On Government For Tougher Enforcement With Drink Drivers

With a new Government report ins showing between 2015 and 2017 there was a 25% increase in drink driving related deaths, the Government are being urged to get tougher with drink drivers.

Data form the Department For Transport (DfT) showed in 2015 there were 200 reported drink driving related in deaths; compared with 230 in 2016 and 250 in 2017.

Strangely, the DfT described these figures are “not statistically significant”. Many would beg to differ.

Unsurprisingly, several safety and road traffic organisations have expressed concerns over the rise.

Nicholas Lyes, Head of Policy for the RAC, stated: “These figures are disappointing and show that much more needs to be done to eradicate the scourge of drink-driving.

“The data shows that no discernible progress has been made for nine years in reducing the number of people killed in road traffic collisions where at least one driver was over the legal drink-drive limit. The government should be looking closely at all its options – even reviewing the drink-drive limit. But ultimately, it is absolutely vital that we have police enforcing laws and increasing roadside breathalyser testing so that law-breakers know they will be caught.”

Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of Alcosense stated: “Police carried out just 325,000 roadside breath tests in England and Wales in 2017 – a fall of 15 percent over the previous year and the lowest level since this data has been collected,” he said. “The number of road traffic officers also decreased by 30 percent between 2007 and 2017. There’s a direct link between cuts in police budgets and increased drink drive deaths.

“Together with the highest drink drive limit in the developed world, it’s a lethal cocktail. Studies show you are 13 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident when at the English limit, compared with being sober – and five times more likely at the lower Scottish limit. A two-pronged strategy of better enforcement, plus a drink drive limit across the UK in line with the rest of Europe, could save many lives each year.”

Road safety charity Brake are also motivated to see a reduction in the drink driving limit. Their Director of Campaigns, Joshua Harris said: “The fact that the number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive related crashes has increased to the highest level since 2009 is incredibly concerning,” he said. “Couple today’s figures with the shocking fact that thousands of drivers have been caught drink driving on two or more occasions over the past four years, it begs the question, how much longer must this continue before the government acts?

“The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive – this is a dangerous message and one that couldn’t be further from the truth. Research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving. The government must act now to tackle the blight of drink driving by implementing a zero-tolerance limit, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

Contact Millars Solicitors

Driver So Drunk They Crashed Into 5 Houses

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court has heard how a driver who was twice over the drink driving limit, lost control of his car and ploughed into 5 houses before coming to a stop.

The court heard how the 30 war old driver had been out for a “social drink” before getting behind the wheel.

During his journey for some food, the driver stated how he hit a raised manhole cover before losing control. After the crash, the driver jumped out of the car and ran away from the scene. He was soon caught by a police dog unit.

He took a breath test and was found to be twice over the legal limit for drink driving.

The court heard how the driver suffered a head injury and stated how he had no recollection of the aftermath other than an overwhelming feeling of shock and panic.

He also told the court of the feeling of extreme shame he was suffering.

He was banned from driving for 19 months, given a 4-month community order, a 4-month evening curfew and to pay £535 in costs.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Worrying Trend Of Drivers Admitting To Drink Driving

It always seems the bad news stories for drink driving come from the UK, however, other European counties also have their issues.

A survey taken in Spain has shown a worrying trend for drink driving. Around 14% of those drivers surveyed admitted to regularly driving whilst over the drink driving limit.

The survey conducted was European wide and showed a similar trend taking place in Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria.

It should be noted how Spain has a much lower drink driving limit than the UK.

15 countries took part in the survey and on average some 43.6% of drivers admitted to driving after at least some alcohol in their system. The highest figure was from France with 54% of drivers surveyed admitted to driving after taking some alcohol.

France also topped the figures for those drivers who take some alcohol before driving on a regular basis at 32.9%. This can be compared with 27.5% with the UK.

Despite Pan-European drink driving campaigns the figures who show the message is not getting through. The survey also showed how those drivers who admitted to having a drink before driving, were mainly concerned about the consequences of being caught rather than the effect drink could have on their driving abilities.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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New Ruling Over Landmark Mobile Phone Case

The recent case of R v. Barreto has allowed a new interpretation of the mobile phone laws. The case revolved around the defendant being charged with using a mobile phone whilst driving, the evidence being he filmed the scene of a serious accident on his phone whilst at the wheel of his vehicle.

The defendant was convicted at the Magistrates Court but the conviction was overturned on appeal at the Crown Court on the basis an “interactive communication function” was not being performed at the time of filming.

This decision was challenged in the High Court but the Judges upheld the decision in the Crown Court. Lady Justice Thirlwall, who heard the case along with Mr Justice Goss, said: “The legislation does not prohibit all use of a mobile phone held while driving. It prohibits driving while using a mobile phone or other device for calls and other interactive communication, and holding it at some stage during that process.”

If you have recently been convicted of a mobile phone offence please call us today for urgent appeal advice.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Did You Know eating Behind The Wheel Could Cost You £5,000

No many people know eating behind the wheel is illegal and even fewer may know that being caught could find them with a £5,000 fine.

New research has shown 63% of British motorists have admitted eating junk food whilst driving, with 56% stating how they are more likely to eat badly whilst driving.

Taking food choices to one side, eating behind the wheel could easily be arrested for careless driving and face an on the spot fine of £100 and 3 penalty points.

However, should the case go to court and the driver is convicted, they could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Richard Harrison, Managing Director at SEAT UK, said, “Most of us like a treat on long journeys but our research has revealed some worrying trends in our eating habits on the road.

“As a nation, we are much more aware of the numerous detrimental effects of eating unhealthily but it’s not easy to break bad habits, especially as driving can be stressful and we are often in a hurry.

“Due to this, we’re encouraging drivers to think more about what they choose to eat when on the road, potentially boosting mood and concentration levels.

“Despite the availability of junk food, there is vastly more information available about healthy eating, and even service stations now offer many more nutritious options than just a few years’ ago.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

Contact Millars Solicitors