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Driver Banned With Evidence They Posted On Their Own Facebook Page

A driver has been banned from driving following video evidence of them filming a young boy dancing on the front seat in a moving car. And the only reason the driver got caught was that she posted the video on her own Facebook page.

The video was spotted on Facebook and some viewers made complaints to the police over what they saw.

During the thirty second clip, the driver can be heard laughing, singing along and shouting “show us your moves”, all from the driving seat whilst the car is moving.

When the police finally tracked her down, she initially refused to answer any questions about the incident and pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving. However, on the day of trial, she changed her plea to one of guilty.

She was sentenced to six months custody, suspended for 12 months and banned from driving for a year. She was also ordered to undertake twenty hours of unpaid work and pay £115 as a victim surcharge.

The court heard how the boy was not sitting on a child seat and although he was wearing an adult eaglet, it was only around his waist.

In sentencing, the Judge said: “Anything could have happened whilst your attention was away from the road. He could have gone through the windscreen, so could you.”

The court also heard how the driver had three previous drink driving-related convictions, one for careless driving and one for failing to stop after an accident.

Following sentencing, Road Policing Officer Mark Patterson, from North Yorkshire Police, labelled White’s driving “highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous”.

He said: “As the footage clearly shows, Miss White’s driving that day was highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous and it’s only through sheer luck she wasn’t involved in a serious collision.

“Her blatant disregard for the safety of the child and traffic laws could have ended tragically and the consequences of her actions had she of lost control of her vehicle doesn’t bear thinking about.

“I’d like to thank the member of the public who reported this incident to us and I hope this message sends a clear message that this type of reckless behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads.”

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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Road Safety Action Plan Announced To Cut Road Deaths

The Road Safety Action Plan follows on from a number of projects outlined within the 2015 Road safety Statement, which included increased enforcements for drug driving and increased penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving.

The idea behind the plan is self-explanatory and one of the biggest initiatives is to increase penalty points for those not wearing seatbelt s whilst travelling. Figures form 2017 showed how 27% of road deaths were caused by people not wearing seatbelts and not properly secured within the car. Currently, those not wearing seatbelts are given an on the spot fine of £100.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.

“Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: “Far too many people are not wearing a seatbelt while travelling in a car, needlessly putting their lives at risk.

“Increasing penalties for people who disregard the simplest of way of protecting themselves is just one of a long list of actions this government is taking to help keep people safe on our roads.”

The plan is designed to improve road safety for all ages of road user, from the very young to the older driver.

For Children

  • A £225,000 grant has been awarded for a nationally accredited safety training program for retailers to help with parents when fitting child seats into a car. This comes are 70% of parent drivers admitted they had difficulty in fitting their child seat.
  • Research is to be commissioned into the effects of young people as pedestrians using handheld devices in road traffic situations.
  • Funding for research to help children with special needs and cognitive disabilities to support road safety.

For Young Adults

  • To encourage learner drivers to broaden their experience by using country lanes and night driving.
  • Research to determine the effectiveness of graduated driving licensing based on road safety.
  • The continual reinforcement of road safety messages surrounding drink driving, mobile phones, drug driving and passenger distractions.

For Adults

  • Investigations into the use of alcohol-lock devices to measure the alcohol level in a driver’s breath before allowing the car to start.
  • An increased focus on roads policing in conjunction with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

For Older Drivers

  • An award of £50,000 for a digital platform to share data on how best to reduce road safety risks for older people.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “Graduated driver licensing (GDL) adds that all-important intermediate element between learner and full licence holder, and allows new drivers to build up their skills and experience over a period of time, using clearly-marked stages.

“Where versions of GDL are already in place, the reduction in young and novice driver collisions has been remarkable. For example, research from TRL shows that 16-year-old drivers in the USA who learnt to drive through GDL systems 15 years ago had 37 per cent fewer crashes than those who followed other systems.

“Elsewhere, following the introduction of GDL in New Zealand, injuries from road traffic collisions reduced by almost a quarter for 15- to 19-year olds.

“GEM believes a graduated driver licensing system should be implemented across the UK without delay and should include the following key components:

  • a minimum learning period of 12 months before taking a practical test
  • drivers should hold ‘novice’ status for two years after passing the test
  • a ban on novice drivers carrying passengers aged under 25
  • a night-time driving curfew, unless driving to or from work
  • automatic disqualification for any driving offence”

Mike Brockman, the former CEO and founder of insurethebox who says: “Limits on passengers is a good idea but night-time curfews kill. If you put young drivers under time pressure to get off the road by a certain time, the high probability is that they will speed and we know the consequences of speeding. Or they end up stranded, unable to drive to get home. These proposals are poorly considered, discriminatory and impractical. Not all young drivers behave the same way, there are major differences in behaviour between male and female drivers yet these changes could be wholesale.

“We know that telematics insurance works in supporting young driver safety and can indeed work for all drivers. The UK Government needs to take a closer look at road casualty figures. The road casualty figures show casualties amongst the youngest motorists have fallen by 35% compared to 16% for more experienced drivers since 2011. And that can largely be attributed to telematics insurance.

“At the root of these proposals is a lack of understanding of what technology can do and has done to protect young drivers. We would welcome the Government to engage with the insurance sector and technology providers to understand what the industry has learnt about young drivers and what motivates them to modify behaviour rather than resort to these draconian and ill-thought-out measures.”

A further measure being considered through the plan is a ban on trees over ten years of age on buses and coaches.

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 07855 806119.

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New Drivers Could Be Banned From Driving At Night

It has been reported how new initiatives could see new drivers banned from night time driving as part of a graduated licensing process.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has suggested that a new drivers licence would be expanded as their skill sets and safety awareness grows. Other than nighttime driving, other limitation could also include driving with passengers.

Driving charity Brake called upon the government to introduce such a scheme last year but plans were shelved on the basis of it affecting young people’s job and educational prospects.

However, the government have stated how 20% of new drivers are involved in a crash during their first year of driving and have stated they wish to see this number fall. The DfT has now said they will be making a study over the next 12 months on the effectiveness of graduated licence scheme.

It should be noted how the UK already has a graduated licence scheme in place for motorcycles with riders needing to be over the age of 21 and has already held a “standard A2” licence before being able to ride a bike of any size or power output.

The RAC said it supported plans to improve young drivers’ safety, but any graduated system needed to consider the needs of young drivers.

“Young drivers sadly are over-represented in road traffic collisions so we welcome plans to improve their safety,” said the RAC’s head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes. “Graduated driver licensing has the benefit of providing a more controlled environment when learning how to drive, however, this must be balanced so it does not disadvantage young drivers who need to use vehicles for night work.

“We certainly would welcome a minimum learning period, or indeed a minimum number of learning hours required, while there may also be merits in restricting new drivers from carrying some passengers at certain times of the day and possibly even having a stricter drink-drive limit for new drivers. But we would also encourage the government to look closely at providing incentives for the uptake of telematics-based policies for new drivers, and consider how any new rules governing new drivers can be effectively enforced.”

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 07855 806119.

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1200 Prosecutions From Dash Cams Last Year

Data from The National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDCP) has shown that in the last year evidence from dash cams have led to 1200 prosecutions against motorists.

Further calculations have been made which show NDCP has saved the police around 68,474 hours of collating evidence for dangerous driving charges. The figure also equates to seven years of solid work for a single officer, without a day off.

However, privacy campaigners have stated how these type of prosecutions breeds a culture of suspicion and mistrust with drivers spying on each other.

Before NDCP, each clip of dash cam footage took the police 14 hours to be processed, assessed, witness statements taken and paperwork completed. However, in 2016, North Wales Police discovered dash cam footage could be treated as video from speed cameras and be the sole evidence in prosecuting drivers.

22 police forces now use NDCP.

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 07855 806119.

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How To Avoid Fines Whist Driving broad This Summer

As many of us take to the continent during July and August, the one souvenir none of us wants is a fine from our holiday travels.

As around 400,000 cars are due to pass through the Channel Tunnel alone it is best to be aware of the rules of the continental road.

One aspect I didn’t think I needed to write about was which she of the road to drive on. Worryingly, a study conducted by the car insurer Miles showed 62% of this interviewed thought they could drive on the left in France. Just let me get this clear, you need to drive on the right or your holiday could over very quickly.

Driving on the right is also de facto in Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal; in fact, any European county other than the UK, Malta, Ireland and Cyprus.

In France it is illegal to drive without the following; a single-use accredited breathalyser, a high-vis jacket, spare light bulbs and a warning triangle. Failure to have the above can result in an on the spot fine.

Did you know driving shirtless is Spain is an offence, as is wearing flip-flops or biting your nails behind the wheel? In France, wearing headphones or eating behind the wheel could also land you with a fine.

Please make sure you get to grips with the local road traffic laws of any country you drive through. There are plenty of websites which will give you the required information, a great one is the RAC – https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/driving-abroad/checklist/.

Also, please keep a check on how much you have had to drink before getting behind the wheel. You can find our article on that very point by clicking here.

James Blackham, the co-founder of By Miles, said, “Holidaymakers planning on driving to Europe this summer must take the time to swot up on local driving laws or risk facing fines. Little-known rules can often catch drivers out. For example, in France, you must carry a breathalyser with you at all times, and in Spain, if caught driving without a top on you can be fined €200.

“However, every road-tripper can protect themselves by following a few simple steps before setting off. Don’t presume your insurer automatically gives you the same full cover you have at home when you’re driving in Europe. Give them a ring to make sure you have the same level of cover – some drop to third party cover only once outside the UK.”

Have a happy, safe and trouble-free holiday.

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 07855 806119.

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3 Years For Lorry Driver After Shocking Drugs Cocktail

It has been reported how a lorry driver, who fell asleep at the wheel after taking a cocktail of drugs, crashed into school bus causing horrific injuries to two students.

The court heard how the 18-tonne lorry was seen to drift across carriageways before smashing into the parked school bus, whilst children were being dropped off. One of the children was propelled the full length of the bus.

The diver as tested for drugs and as discovered to have four times the legal limit for cocaine, three times the legal limit for amphetamine and nine times the limit for cannabis. The test also revealed a further eight substances in his system including valium and temazepam.

The driver pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs. He was jailed for three years and disqualified from driving for five years.

The court also heard how the driver has previously served a 12-month disqualification for drink driving.

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 07855 806119.

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Beware The European Drink Driving Limits

English and welsh motorists are being warned about European drink driving limits before making their way to the continent this summer.

In England and Wales, the drink driving limit is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Scotland lowered their limit to 50mg a few years ago, bringing them in line with most European countries including France, Germany and Spain.

The limits are much lower on the continent in general, with only England, Wales and Malta still keeping the higher limit of 80mg.

Zero Tolerance Drink Driving

At the opposite end of the scale are countries who have brought in zero limits where a driver showing even the slightest level of alcohol in their system will face the courts over a drink driving charge. Those countries to be especially careful in are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Russia.

However, some countries have hit the middle ground by setting their limits at 20mg; those countries being Poland, Norway and Sweden.

The limits themselves give valid food for thought before drinking and driving, but any driver must also be aware of the likelihood of them being breathalysed. Breathalyser manufacturer Alcosense has reported how different countries can be with the frequency of drivers being pulled over and breathalysed. In France 152 out of every 1000 drivers can expect to be breathalysed at least once a year. Compare this to 677 out of every 1000 drivers in Estonia and 466 out of every 1000 drivers in Poland.

English and Welsh drivers visiting France should also be aware they need to carry an approved single-use breathalyser or risk facing a fine.

“Taking a personal breathalyser with you on holiday removes the guesswork about whether you’re clear of alcohol,” said Hunter Abbott, the managing director of AlcoSense Laboratories. “It’s far easier than you think to still be under the influence the morning after a few drinks the night before. If you drank four pints of medium-strong beer or four large glasses of wine, it could take as long as 14 hours for the alcohol to clear your system. This is especially important when extra care must be taken driving on the opposite side of the road”.

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 07855 806119.

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Operation Attention Arrests 18 For Drink & Driving

North Yorkshire Police have reported how their latest fight against drink and drug driving has resulted in higher than expected arrests.

Over the June weekend, 18 arrests were made, comprising of 14 men and 3 women. The crackdown, working under the name of Operation Attention, is to be a month-long campaign to deter and catch people driving under the influence. North Yorkshire Police also made it clear they would be active around the clock for this initiative.

Police are also using intelligence to target known offenders and are also asking the public to call them is they suspect someone of drink or drug driving.

Local emergency services and local authorities are also working together to both educate road users and deter offenders.

Andy Morton, the Roads Policing Sergeant said: “This is an exceptionally high number of arrests, compared to 11 in the same period last year.

“I’m very disappointed at the significant increase in the number of arrests as it demonstrates a blatant lack of regard by individuals for their own safety and that of other road users.”

In light of these figures, Councillor Don Mackenzie stated: “As we have seen from just this weekend, many people still choose to drink and drive.

“Every year in North Yorkshire there are an average of seven people killed and 120 injured in collisions involving a driver impaired by alcohol.

“The message is simple, if you are planning to drink, don’t drive and if you are planning to drive, don’t drink.

“There is no safe limit.

“Colleagues in the 95 Alive partnership including the County Council and City of York Council will be holding public engagement events throughout June and July to remind people how reckless it is to drink and drive and how long it takes to be safe to drive after drinking.

“For example, just one pint of lager or one glass of wine needs at least three hours before driving.

“Stay fit to drive, don’t drink and drive.”

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 07855 806119.

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UK Motorists Being Chased For Overseas Driving Offences

Data provided by news firm Thomson Reuters has shown how UK motorists are now being investigated for driving offences committed whilst abroad.

Figures show how in 2017, the UK received 1,903 requests for drivers information in relation to overseas driving offences; an increase of 20% from the previous year.

These requests are likely to be regarding investigations into speeding and drink driving offences.

The data come from Mutual Legal Assistance [“MLA”] requests, a system whereby countries share information about suspected criminal activities across international borders. It is generally used when such information cannot be procured from police forces.

European prosecution authorities have been able to use MLAs since they came into force in 2015, following the EU Cross Border Directive.

Interestingly, the main use of MLAs seems to be in relation to road traffic offences.

With Brexit still lurking, it is unclear whether the UK will still adhere to the system should ties with Europe be cut.

Kevin McCormac, an editor of Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, said: “The use of cross-border information requests has upended the legal risks of speeding abroad – foreign prosecutors can and will hunt you down.

“British drivers can expect no letup as more and more foreign prosecutors make use of the legal frameworks at their disposal.

“It can be tough for British drivers abroad as they are unlikely to know the finer details of local road traffic laws in other countries and, as a result, it can be very easy to be caught out.”

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 07855 806119.

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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 07855 806119.

Contact Millars Solicitors