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Data Shows Drivers Don’t care About Using A Phone Behind The Wheel, Says RAC

The latest study of driving habits undertaken by the RAC has shown 25% of drivers admit making and receiving calls on their mobile phone when behind the wheel.

This worrying data also shows how 17% of drivers also admit to using their phones to check texts, emails and social media updates whilst driving.

Sadly, but predictably it is young drivers who are the biggest culprits.

If this data was not bad enough, anecdotal evidence suggests the figures are in fact much higher.

In 2017, the government introduced tougher sentencing for those drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel. The penalty increased to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if convicted.

The use of phones whilst driving is a significant problem on today’s roads. Many experts have cited how using a mobile device causes the same level of impairment when compared with a driver who had been drinking.

Also, at the time when the new sentencing powers were brought in, there had been a spate of high profile road deaths and accident caused by drivers distracted through technology.

The government and police continue to try and find new ways to discourage mobile phone use behind the wheel, however, many suggested automated solutions have been thwarted when differentiating between a drivers phone and a passengers phone has been too difficult.

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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Fines For Stopping In Yellow Boxes To Be Rolled Out Nationwide

It has been reported how drivers will soon face fines for stopping in yellow box junctions all around the country.

The Transport Secretary looks likely to hand powers for enforcing moving traffic violations to local councils as has been the case for London and Cardiff.

While accepting the move broadly makes sense, the RAC has expressed its concern over how many councils may see the move as a cash cow to increase their income.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC said: “Local authorities know where congestion might require some form of enforcement, particularly in the case of box junctions, so it stands to reason they should be able to improve this through the use of enforcement.

“However, we remain concerned that cash-strapped authorities may see this as an opportunity to extract more revenue from drivers.”

Transport for London has been enforcing and penalising drivers for stopping in yellow box junctions for 15 years and in 2017/2018 issued fines to the value of £16 million.

Nicholas Lyes added: “Should powers be extended to cover all moving traffic offences, local authorities must use this as an opportunity to improve traffic flow and safety, and not as a way to generate more revenue.”

Fines For Mobile Phone Usage Down By 27%

There are some who say this huge drop in fines for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel is a triumph of new sentencing powers and others are saying it is because there are less police on the roads to enforce the law.

Figures show how in 2018 some 38,600 fixed penalty tickets were handed to drivers for the offence when compared with 53,000 the year before.

AA president Edmund King said: “It is good to see the number of hand-held mobile phone offences drop by more than a quarter, but we must not be complacent as often drivers are still spotted using phones at the wheel.

“Only a fifth of drivers say there is a visible police presence on their local roads, so a more prominent presence would help to deter the use of hand-held mobiles and texting at the wheel.”

Mr King went on: “The majority of the 2.1 million speeding offences were caught by cameras. Whilst cameras are a useful tool available to forces to help enforce the law, roads policing cannot be carried out by cameras alone.

“There has clearly been a targeted effort by forces to stamp out people not wearing a seat belt, as the number of fines and points issued is at a two-year high. There is no excuse for not belting up as it can save your life and the lives of others.

“For more than a decade the number of specialist road traffic officers has reduced by a third, so we need more cops in cars to tackle bad behaviour as well as continued high profile and memorable road safety campaigns.”

Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said: “The drop in mobile phone use offences could simply reflect shifting priorities across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, with constabularies focusing resources on other types of offending.”

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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PM Urges US To Waive Immunity For Diplomat’s Wife Wanted Over Death Crash

News of the death of teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed by the wife of an American diplomat has rocked the nation and caused a serious issue for the Prime Minister.

Harry was knocked off his motorbike by a car driven by Anne Sacoolas, wife to an American diplomat. It was said the collision occurred because Ms Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road.

At the time of the investigation, Ms Sacoolas told the police she had no intention of leaving the UK, however, she shortly after took a plane back the United States citing diplomatic immunity.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a hospital in Watford, the Prime Minister said: “I think everybody’s sympathies are very much with the family of Harry Dunn and our condolences to them for their tragic loss.

“I must answer you directly, I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose.

“And I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.

“That’s a point that we’ve raised or are raising today with the American ambassador here in the UK and I hope it will be resolved very shortly.

“And to anticipate a question you might want to raise, if we can’t resolve it then, of course, I will be raising it myself personally with the White House.”

The US embassy in London confirmed the incident had involved a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat who had departed the country, but added that diplomatic immunity was “rarely waived”.

In a statement, the embassy said: “We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in this tragic traffic accident.

“Any questions regarding a waiver of the immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry; immunity is rarely waived.

“The US embassy has been and will continue to be in close contact with appropriate British officials.”

Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles said: “We’re not a horrible family. We’re a usual UK family that just need to put a face to what we have now as a name.

“Talk to her, find out how she’s feeling. She’s got to be suffering as well – she’s a mum.

“Without knowing who this person is properly, we can’t begin to try and start our grieving process.”

Ms Charles said: “If we have to we will go to Washington. We don’t want it to have to come to that, we don’t see why it should have to come to that… we just want to sit and talk with her.

“We just don’t understand how you can just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even speaking to us or facing us, or an apology of any kind.”

The teenager’s father Tim Dunn said: “It’s appalling. You can’t have this precedent where just because you have this immunity you can do whatever.”

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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Drunk In Charge Trial Victory – Manchester City Magistrates Court

Carl Miller defended Ms M in her trial of Being Drunk In Charge Of A Motor Vehicle. The court heard how Ms M had slept in the back of her car following a night out with work colleagues. It had been her plan to take a taxi back to her hotel, however, she found herself alone at night in a strange city, not knowing where the taxi ranks were. She told the court for her own safety she decided to sleep in her car until she could find a taxi in the safety of daylight. The court accepted her evidence and Ms M was acquitted.

Result

Location: Manchester City Magistrates Court

Offence: Being Drunk In Charge Of A Motor Vehicle

Outcome: Acquitted

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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13 Points On Licence & Ban Avoided – Kidderminster Magistrates Court

Ms VJ was facing a driving ban under the Totting Up Provisions as she had accumulated 13 points on her driving licence. During an Exceptional Hardship argument, the court were told how Ms VJ had recently set up her own business which relied on her ability to drive. Were she to receive a driving ban it would be likely the business would fail thus not allowing her to pay the mortgage. The court accepted the evidence and drew back from imposing an immediate driving ban.

Result

Location: Kidderminster Magistrates Court

Offence: Totting Up

Outcome: Ban avoided

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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Scotland Introduces New Drug Drive Laws

Scottish Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf has welcomed the introduction of roadside drug testing in Scotland.

The new law will allow police to use a swab kit to test the driver for drug usage whilst behind the wheel.

Mr Yousaf said: “Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs is simply not acceptable. The consequences of causing a collision while under the influence can be devastating.

“I am grateful to Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for their hard work to prepare for the new laws coming into force.

“Alongside our stringent drink driving limits, these new curbs will ensure Scotland’s law enforcement agencies have the most robust powers in the UK to tackle impaired and unsafe driving in order to keep people safe.”

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: “With our partners, we are committed to reducing road casualties and deplore the devastating consequences of drug driving on victims, their families and communities.

“This new legislation gives the police powers to detect, at the roadside, those selfish motorists who risk the lives of others and themselves by driving after taking illegal substances.

“Over and above our priorities for road safety, there will be wider benefits for improved public safety as these powers and new equipment will help us disrupt illegal drugs supply by dealers, and organised crime groups by deterring and detecting drug drivers.”

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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Exceptional Hardship Saves Driving Licence – Scarborough Magistrates Court

Mr T faced a potential ban under the totting-up provisions. He already had 6 points on his driving licence and then faced a further 6 points in facing a charge of Failing To Furnish Information. By accruing another 6 points this would have taken him to a total of 12 points putting him at risk of an immediate driving ban. Carl put forward an Exceptional Hardship argument following which the court drew back from imposing a ban.

Result

Location: Scarborough Magistrates Court

Offence: Totting Up

Outcome: Ban avoided

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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Nurses Are Risking Their Lives When Driving Home Tired After Long Shifts

Following the deaths of 2 nurses earlier this month, there are grave concerns how nurses are putting themselves at risk by driving home tired after working long shifts.

In fact, results of a new study state how 80% of those nurses interviewed were so tired they could not remember their journeys home. 96% of them said they felt stressed when driving back from work at night and 58% of them didn’t have time to take their allocated break, as required by law.

Dr Michael Farquhar, a Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Employers have a requirement to provide an uninterrupted break, however, in practice we know that staffing shortages can mean that health and care staff are unable to take breaks, eat or even or drink during their shift.“

He continued: “Working long shifts, often under considerable pressure, inevitably leads to fatigue, especially when that work is being carried out overnight.

“Fatigue not only increases the risk of harm to our patients, but it puts every single member of staff driving home after a long night shift at significantly increased risk of a road traffic accident.

“The levels of fatigue commonly seen after a normal NHS nightshift produce a similar effect on driving as if we are at or over the legal drink-drive limit.”

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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Jail For Road Rage Company Director

A 69-year-old company director has been handed a jail sentence for his part in a road rage incident with a teenage cyclist.

The court heard how the driver used his 4×4 vehicle to ram the cyclist after he had been beaten off the lights by the 2 wheeled road user.

As the teenage cyclist lay on the floor the driver was seen to alight his vehicle, telling the cyclist “Little shit, you’ve done this”, whilst telling shocked witnesses, “Did you see what he was doing? He was weaving all over the road.”

He then grabbed the teenager and punched him in the face before driving off.

The driver was found guilty of dangerous driving and common assault after a trial.

The case was transferred to crown court for sentencing and the driver received 6 months in prison and a driving ban of 15 months.

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