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Road Deaths Due To Drink Driving Up 45% In Two Years

Worrying figures published by the Department for Transport have shown there has been an increase of road deaths, where the driver was over the drink driving limit, has risen by 45% over the past two years.

The figures estimate how there were 200 dink related road deaths in 2015, compared with 290 in 2017.

Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of breathalyser firm AlcoSense and member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) comments: “I believe this shows a clear correlation between cuts in Police budgets and increased drink-drive deaths.

“With fewer numbers and stretched resources, the Police can only do so much. Combined with the highest drink drive limit in the developed world, it’s proved to be a lethal mixture.

“At the English limit you are 13 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than when sober – five times more likely at the lower Scottish limit*

“The latest data from the European Transport Safety Council shows UK Police now carry out fewer breath tests per 1000 inhabitants than any other country in Europe that records this data.

“A two-pronged approach of better enforcement and lowering the drink drive limit could save many lives each year”.

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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 Retraining Courses Up By A Third Over The Past Five Years

Fresh data from the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) has shown a rise in motorists attending of a third over the past five years.

The courses, offered by police at their discretion to drivers, allow offending drivers to avoid points and a fine by taking the course.

In 2013, 1.07 million drivers undertook the course, compared with 1.45 million in 2018.

Last year the busiest course by far was the speed awareness course with 1.19 million attendees. Nearly 110,000 motorists were sent on motorway awareness courses.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “This data suggests that, astonishingly, as many as one in four drivers has now been sent back to the classroom for breaking road traffic law – hopefully to emerge as ambassadors for better, more responsible motoring behaviours.

“While the logic of sending drivers who commit minor transgressions back to the classroom is clear, it begs the question of what should be done in a similar vein to tutor those found guilty of more serious breaches of the rules of the roads before they injure or kill themselves or others?”

The courses themselves are not provided by the police but outsourced to eight private companies.

Drivers cannot attend more that one course during a three year period.

The cost of the courses varies from area to area, but for a speed awareness course a motorist can expect to pay between £75 and £99.

A spokesman for UK Road Offender Education, the organisation responsible for managing Ndors, said recent independent research showed the courses were more effective at reducing speeding over a three-year period than issuing fines and points.

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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Motorway Driver Ticked Off For Hogging Middle Lane

We often hear how no driver should hog the middle lane, and get frustrated when they do but no one has been brought to bare for doing just that.

A video of a middle lane hogger has been published online and he has been outed for the practice.

The incident tool place on the M6 toll and the driver, in an MPV, can clearly be seen sat in the middle lane when the left hand lane was clear for his use.

Rule 164 of the Highway Code stated that “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.

“If you are overtaking a number of slower moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”

In the video, he is flashed by a Mercedes Benz and then overtaken.

Strangely, this then caused the hogger to switch to the outside lane.

The Central Motorway Police Group stated: “The driver had been driving for just over a year and had even had extra tuition on motorway driving,” it wrote.

“It’s clear he didn’t pay attention.

“The motorist was reported for driving without due care and attention.

“He said he panicked, more likely it was to show the Mercedes driver, who flashed him and clearly tried to give lane advice after overtaking him, that he had no intention of using lane one.”

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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Keep You Car Clean & Avoid A £1,000 Fine

As February promises to be full of snow, ice and bad weather, motorists are being reminded of the importance of keeping their cars clean.

bad weather on roads can cause all kinds of filthy spray on to cars, causing them to be covered in dirt and grime. It’s never nice to drive a dirty car, however, did you know it could end up with you receiving a £1,000 fine.

The issue is not with your paintwork looking grotty but by number plates becoming unreadable. This means that ANPR systems cannot read the number plate and therefore cannot tell if the vehicle is insured or mot’d.

The DVLA explained: “There is a specific offence under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 of obscuring or allowing a registration mark to be not easily distinguishable.

“All registration numbers must be displayed clearly and correctly on the number plate – this helps the police, enforcement agencies and members of the public to correctly identify a vehicle to assist road safety and traffic enforcement.”

Neil Worth, a road safety officer stated: “Although there is no law against having a dirty car, the law is very clear when it comes to keeping your number plates clear; you risk a £1,000 fine if you allow it to become obscured.”

Just one final point, if you car is dirty, as well as keeping your number plates clean please make sure your front and rear lights are free of dirt and grime so that you can see and also be seen.

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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Driving With Mobile Phone Gets Disqualified Driver Caught

A 34-year-old man has been banned from driving for two years after being caught using a fake driving licence because he was seen using his mobile phone behind the wheel.

Officers on patrol spotted Christian Matache driving while using his mobile and pulled him over, at which point he presented a fake driving licence.

Prosecuting, Sabrina Naz told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: “Two officers were travelling, in an unmarked police car, southbound along the A500 towards the A50 when they saw the defendant driving alongside them holding a mobile phone.

“They illuminated the blue lights and safely stopped the vehicle on the A50 roundabout at Sideway.

“The defendant was asked to produce his driving licence. He provided a Romanian licence. An officer became suspicious because one of the security features did not look as it should.

“The police made contact with the national document fraud unit, who confirmed from viewing a photo that it was counterfeit.”

Further checks made by the police found that Matache was not listed as insured to drive the vehicle, and on being questioned about the fake documentation, he said he had paid an unknown male to provide it.

Representing himself in court using an interpreter, Matache explained that his wife had complained of feeling unwell after undergoing recent surgery. He received a call while working at a car-wash and, panicked, hurried to help her, setting off on the six-mile journey during which he was spotted and subsequently arrested.

Originally from Romania, Matache had no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to possessing a driving licence with intent to deceive, driving other than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, and using a mobile phone while driving.

He was banned from driving for two years and handed a 12-month community order. Magistrates also ordered him to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £135 costs and a surcharge of £85.

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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More Than 32,000 Motorists Have Two Or More Drink Driving Convictions

A newspaper investigation into drink driving has found that more than 32,000 motorists have two or more convictions for the offence, according to the DVLA.

Records, acquired from the DVLA through a Freedom of Information request by the Mirror newspaper, show that some drink drivers have even been charged with the offence as many as 9 times since 2010.

Data indicates that 28,791 drivers were prosecuted twice for driving while over the prescribed limit, with 2,880 having three convictions, and 438 with four convictions.

A total of 18 people have six or more convictions, of which three have seven, and four have eight convictions.

As the law currently stands, the penalty for drink driving is a minimum 12-month ban from the roads, an unlimited fine, and up to six months in prison.

Drink driving is an aggravating factor where death or serious injury is caused by dangerous driving, carrying a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, although the government is currently debating a bill to increase this figure.

The information obtained by the Mirror is as follows:

Number Of Convictions – Motorists Convicted
1 – 386,248
2 – 28,791
3 – 2880
4 – 438
5 – 85
6 – 18
7 – 3
8 – 4

A spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, has demanded harsher punitive measures for repeat offenders.

“It is truly appalling there are so many repeat offenders. We urge the Government, the police, and the courts to get tougher,” they said.

Following a disqualification for drink driving, most offenders simply need to fill out a form to request the return of their license. High-risk offenders – usually categorised as those who were found to be more than two-and-a-half times the limit – additionally need to pass a medical assessment.

Critics of the current system, including the AA, say that all drink drivers should have to prove they are not addicted to alcohol via a series of blood tests, amongst other measures, before being allowed back behind the wheel.

The Department for Transport has insisted, however, that motorists convicted of drink driving already face “tough” penalties.

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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Fatigued Mobile Phone Driver Jailed For Killing Cyclist

A man has been jailed for three years after killing a cyclist while he was talking on his mobile phone after 17 hours at the wheel.

The 28-year-old defendant was also speeding when he collided with his 57-year-old victim, sending him flying into a hedgerow on the A50.

James Moore, prosecuting, told the court that at 7.50pm the cyclist was part of a group of 16 members of a cycling club who were taking part in a time trial when the accident occurred.

The van driver, who had previous convictions for driving without due care and attention, had been on the phone to a friend for around 30 minutes at the time of the accident. It was not possible to say, however, whether or not he had been using a hands-free device.

The man had been at the wheel for 17 hours, having started work at three o’clock that morning and travelled 600 miles when he hit the former council worker at 69mph – 9mph over the speed limit for his vehicle.

In addition to driving without due care, the defendant also had previous convictions for failing to stop following an accident, failing to report an accident, and driving while using a mobile phone. He had been subject to a six-month driving ban and had 11 points on his licence.

“[The victim] was a regular and experienced rider and, very sadly, as a result of the collision he was projected between 35m and 40m into hedgerow at the side of the road and suffered fatal injuries,” explained Mr Moore.

“The visibility was excellent, the weather conditions were dry and the road was light with traffic.

“There were no defects on [the driver’s] vehicle that would have contributed to the cause of the collision.

“One witness who was behind the vehicle being driven by [the defendant], importantly, described how he did not swerve or brake and following the collision he continued on as though he was unaware a collision had taken place.”

It was nearly a mile later when the van driver did finally pull over, with witnesses describing him as “visibly upset”.

Mr Moore said: “He started work that day at 3am and had driven in excess of 600 miles.

“He would have been suffering significant elements of fatigue.

“Evidence also shows he had been talking to a friend on his mobile phone for 32 minutes and that call ended five seconds after the collision.

“In summary, we say he did not divert from his course, he clearly did not see [the victim], but he should have.”

The court heard that the driver had been working such long hours because he was employed under a zero-hour contract.

Nicholas Syfret, mitigating, explained that his client was a father-of-two, aged six and nine, saying he was “a responsible and doting father whose family ties were very much the centre of his life.”

“It is very hard for those who are the victims of a person’s criminal behaviour to appreciate that person can be a very nice, very decent, human being.

“Why did this accident happen?

“The only rational explanation is that he did not see the cyclist.

“He should have done, others did.”

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “There is no price on human life, there never can be. I have heard how [the victim] was a good man, a popular man who, along with his wife, lived an active life and who made a positive contribution to society.

“Tragically, he died as a result of the way you drove on that day which was way below an acceptable standard.

“Other drivers had no problem negotiating him and the other cyclists who were taking part in a time trial that day. You, however, did not swerve and did not deviate from your path when you struck him.”

The man, who had recently moved to Kings Lynn, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to three years in jail.

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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Garden Repair To Cost “Thousands” After Drink Drive Crash

A Lincolnshire teenager has been banned from driving for twelve months after pleading guilty to drink-driving and crashing into a front garden causing “thousands of pounds” worth of damage.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Emerson’s car was found abandoned on a front lawn, said Jim Clare, prosecuting, after Emerson had been out drinking with friends. He was tracked down to a friend’s house and told police that he had been drinking the previous night.

Emerson initially told officers that he had got a taxi home after being refused entry to a bar, but later changed his statement to say that he had crashed his car and left the scene.

Mr Clare told Boston Magistrates court that damage to the fence would cost “thousands of pounds” to repair, plus an additional £200 in damage to the lawn, however he added that the court could not award compensation which would have to be sought through civil proceedings.

Helen Coney, defending Emerson, said that the sixth-form student could not explain how he came to be in his car after taking a taxi home, nor why he had chosen to drive, adding that it was only through his own admission that there was any suggestion of him driving.

Ms Coney also disputed the repair figures from Mr Clare, stating that repairing the fence would only cost £120.

Magistrates banned Emerson from driving for 12 months, as well as imposing a fine of £81 and ordering costs and charges of £115.

Emerson’s ban may be reduced by 12 weeks if he completes the drink-drivers rehabilitation course.

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 Technology To Aid In Drink Driving Crackdown

The government plans to commit £350,000 to the tendering process for companies to manufacture a new roadside breathalyser which will instantly provide evidence to police that suspected drink drivers are over the limit.

Current roadside tests are not admissible as evidence in court, and so there is a delay between the arrest and being able to obtain proof of driving under the influence. The new technology eliminates the possibility, particularly in borderline cases, of drink drivers “sobering up” just enough to be able to pass the second, evidential test.

As part of a government crackdown on drink driving, Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “This new technology will enable the police to enforce the alcohol limit more rigorously on those who drive after drinking, putting others at risk.”

Figures from 2016 show that 460,000 people received roadside breathalyser tests, with 59,000 returning positive results or refusing to take the test.

Following the invitation to tender, it is anticipated that the new breathalyser kits will be deployed to police forces nationwide by 2020.

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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Rochdale Mobile Phone Driver Gets 12-Month Ban

A 25-year-old man from Rochdale has been banned from the roads for 12 months after crashing into another vehicle on M4 in South Wales because he was distracted by his mobile phone.

Witnesses saw the man swerving across the full width of the motorway in a 4×4 and talking on his phone before running into the back of another vehicle near Port Talbot.

Ashanti-Jade Walton, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that, travelling eastbound, he was seen moving from the near-side lane to the hard-shoulder and then to the outside lane prior to the collision between junctions 42 and 41.

He had been on the phone dealing with issues regarding his mother, who was unwell in Sri Lanka, and matters relating to work. He was in the region to attend a religious festival.

Judge Peter Heywood said that the defendant had clearly not been in control of the vehicle, that apparently belonged to his cousin and he was uninsured to drive. He said the reason that the man did not have control was that he was using his mobile phone while driving.

Adding that it was a serious offence, Judge Heywood also said that it could be handled through a community order.

Speaking through a Tamil interpreter, the man pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while using a mobile phone, and driving without insurance.

In addition to the driving ban, he was also handed a 12-month community order for 120 hours unpaid work and had points added to his license.

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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