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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Calls for Complete Ban On Mobile Phones For Drivers

A group of MPs are calling for a complete ban on mobile phones for anyone driving a vehicle. Their argument is formed on the basis of current laws being misleading by giving the impression “hands-free” operation is safe.

The Commons Transport Select Committee has reported talking through a hands-free device can create the same risks of having a collision.

On expert told the committee how talking on a hands-free device whilst driving can be a distracting as drink driving.

It was reported a public consultation on the proposal will be published at the end of 2019.

Joshua Harris, of road safety charity Brake, said research showed using a hands-free phone “can impair a driver in the same way as a hand-held device and so it makes sense that the law treats these acts equally.

“One moment’s distraction from a phone can cause a lifetime of suffering so our advice to drivers is simple – when you’re driving, make sure your phone is on silent and placed out of sight and out of reach.”

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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Text From The Passenger Seat Could Get You 6 Points

Yep, you read it right. We should all know by now of the dangers brought on my using mobile phones whilst we are driving. It is not that long ago when a number of high profile cases where drivers, using mobiles behind the wheel, caused the deaths of other road users. Following on from these cases, the law was changed and the penalty for being caught using a mobile phone behind the wheels increased to £200 and 6 penalty points.

Most people would think fair enough for those actually driving, but what about for people sat in the passenger seat?

Well, the answer is, if you are supervising a learner driver you take on the same responsibilities as if you were driving yourself. Therefore, if you are caught texting, or using your phone whilst you are sat beside a learner driver, you could well find yourself on the wrong side of the law and paying a hefty fine.

IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, stated: “Supervising a learner actually puts you in the driving seat so legally you must treat it in the same way as if you were behind the wheel.

“Learning to drive is stressful enough without a passenger beside you who is more worried about posting than parking.”

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.

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Dorset Police Launch Operation Snap

Dorset Police have now launched an online service where members of the public can upload their pics dangerous and inconsiderate driving.

Known as “Operation Snap”, the police are hoping the public will do some of their work for them by keeping their eyes peeled and fingers firmly on their cameras.

dorset police operation snap

Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of Alliance Roads Policing, said: “We have been receiving complaints from members of the public about dangerous and anti-social driving for some time, and there is a significant demand for a facility such as Operation Snap.

“It allows us to effectively deal with digital footage and photos of traffic offences in a safe and secure way.

“Dorset Police has a determined and robust approach to policing the roads in our force area and will take every opportunity to make them safer for everyone.”

Dorset Police have been very clear how the website is for uploading pictures of driving offences only. They have concerns about how the service may be used to upload crash footage or car parking issues.

Anyone posting a picture also needs to provide the registration number of the offending vehicle and be prepared to sign a statement and appear in court.

operation snap

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I’m very pleased there has been a sustained drop in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads over the last seven years and I hope this system will provide yet another tool to help us continue to make our roads even safer, by empowering responsible motorists to help the police take dangerous drivers off the road.”

I am not too sure about this. I am never a fan of the public being asked to be the police’s eyes and ears when it is their job to patrol. It just feels a bit sneaky.

You can visit the website by clicking here.

If you have any thoughts, please add them to the comments below.

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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Distracted Driving – Kids May Be The Ultimate Cause

Figures from a recent poll conducted by Nissan have shown a massive 72% of those drivers interviewed found it difficult to concentrate on driving whilst their children misbehaved in the car.

But the figures went further with 40% declaring how their driving was unsafe because of the distractions. It meant these parent drivers would occasionally take their eyes off the road and their hands of the wheel.

Reported driving “mishaps” included:

  • Running red lights
  • Forgetting to indicate
  • Breaking suddenly
  • Swerving across lanes
  • Being forced to stop the car

The highest rate of distractions include:

  • Loud and heated arguments between siblings/friends
  • Crying / screaming tantrums
  • Kicking the back of the driver’s seat
  • Undoing their seatbelts
  • Throwing toys around the car

It may come as a surprise when parental drivers arrive late at their destination and/or in a bad mood. Travelling with badly behaved child passengers has been cited as a cause of road rage with other road users and arguments between adults within the same car.

Some parents have taken to avoiding motorways in an event to drive on less potentially dangerous roads. Other parents admitted to using distraction methods with the children by letting them use tablets in the back of the car or bribing them with sweets.

Following this data, Nissan has come up with 9 suggestions to give parental drivers a better chance of a less distracting drive.

  1. Plan ahead and avoid unnecessary stops
  2. Allocate time for frequent toilet breaks
  3. Try different types of music in the car and find out which keeps them the calmest
  4. Use in-car entertainment
  5. Let the kids have a small role in planning the journey
  6. Stock up on nutritious snacks to keep the hunger pangs at bay. Avoid sugary sweets and drinks
  7. Take their favourite cuddly toy with them as they are more likely to fall asleep with it
  8. Drive with your children’s routine in mind. If they have a nap time, this may be a good time to drive as they are quieter when they are asleep (sic)
  9. Make sure your car is safe to drive. There is nothing worse than breaking down at the side of the road with disgruntled children.

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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