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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.

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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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Technical Defence Proved At Cannock Magistrates Court

Mr O faced a charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath at Cannock Magistrates Court. Were he to be convicted of the offence, as alleged by the prosecution, he would be facing an immediate disqualification from driving.

There was some initial discussion with the prosecution regarding their formulation of the charge. They had drafted it as “driving a motor vehicle” whereas it was argued it should have been “in charge of a motor vehicle”. After quite some time, the prosecution agreed to the argument and the charge was amended. Simply put, this meant Mr O would not face an automatic disqualification and instead was deal with by way of 10 points on his licence.

The Result

Location: Cannock Magistrates Court

Offence: Failing To Provide A Specimen Of Breath For Analysis

Outcome: Disqualification avoided on a technical argument

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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Drivers Could Face A Fines Increase As Councils Handed More Powers

MPs have stated how more drivers could be caught and fines if local councils were given more powers, it has been reported.

A recent report by the Transport Committee has highlighted the issues caused by police cuts when it comes to enforcing traffic laws, and their solution is to share enforcement powers with local councils as soon as possible.

This will see more councils following the leads of London and Cardiff where they have been enforcing “moving traffic” offences, such as blocking a box junction.

Although the RAC welcomes the enforcement of traffic laws, it also seems a little cautious of councils using these new powers inconsistently and inappropriately.

The ability for councils to use these powers are nothing new. The Transport Management Act 2004 gave local councils the ability to “police” and enforce and parking, bus lane violations and moving traffic offences.

In London, motorists are fined £130 for blocking a box junction. At one particular box junction some 16,707 enforcement tickets were issued between April 2017 and April 2018. That comes to £2,171,910 from one box junction alone.

Simon Williams, RAC spokesperson, said box junctions are a particularly divisive issue for many drivers, and the move could see a rise in the number of penalty charge notices issued for these offences.

He said: “Many junctions are not set up fairly which leads to drivers having no choice but stop in them, whether due to poor traffic light sequencing, poor design or being used in the wrong place.

“[Drivers] at the front of traffic lights often feel pressured to move on as a result of impatient drivers behind who don’t realise they are being prevented from doing so by the presence of yellow lines.”

He also mentioned concerns it could lead to local authorities being inconsistent in their application of road traffic law, or cash-strapped councils using the new powers as a lucrative revenue stream.

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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Former Welsh International Pleads Not Guilty In Court

Dean Saunders, former Welsh international footballer and Wrexham manager, has appeared in court to face 2 motoring offences. He entered not guilty pleas to failing to comply with a roadside breath test and failing to provide a specimen of breath at the police station.

Saunders, who lives in Chester was told by the judge how his case would be listed for trial at a later date.

If convicted, Saunders faces a driving ban. The offences can also carry a custodial sentence.

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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