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Further Calls To Toughen The Drink Driving Limit

David Mowatt the MP for Warrington South has made a fresh call for lowering the drink driving limit for England and Wales.

This latest statement made by an MP comes in the light of the recent information from the Department for Transport detailing that it had no “immediate plans” for making such a reduction to the drink driving limit.

As has been reported over the past few weeks, the drink driving limit in England and Wales is set at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. It has also become well noted that England and Wales has one of the highest drink driving limits in Europe and in 2014 Scotland reduced their limit from 80mg to 50mg.

Despite his fresh statement Mr Howatt also said that it was important that a decision on drink driving limits should not be rushed. He said: “The Scottish Government has made a decision to lower drink-drive limits in Scotland, which they are entitled to do under the devolution settlement.

“It is perfectly sensible for the UK Government to wait and see what practical effects the policy has in Scotland before deciding whether to amend laws in England and Wales.

“Personally, I would like to see the new tougher laws being applied here too.

“Bringing our laws into line with those of our European neighbours would save lives, reduce collisions and send a clear message that drink-driving is not acceptable.”

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 Motorists Caught From Dash Cam Footage

A motorist who has been video recorded driving into oncoming traffic rather than waiting in a queue may well be prosecuted by police.

The dash cam footage take by a civilian driver in the Bradford area shows a black Toyota Yaris speeding past him and driving into on coming traffic. You can view the footage by clicking the link – http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/14294264.VIDEO__Dashcam_footage_shows_impatient_Bradford_motorist_driving_into_oncoming_traffic/

It has been reported that a spokesman from West Yorkshire Police stated: “We will look at the footage and carry out the relevant enquiries.”

On viewing the footage Mike Bristow of the road safety charity Brake stated: “This driver certainly has no care or respect for any of the other road users. Selfish drivers, like the one in this video, are not only putting their own lives at risk, but are endangering the lives of other road users.”

It is of interest to note that the Bradford road safety crackdown, known as Operation Steerside has caught some 530 motorists in only three weeks.

Reports indicate that during the operation 193 motorists have been charged with speeding, 172 for not wearing a seatbelt, 55 for using a mobile phone whilst driving, 37 for having no insurance and a further 73 for other motoring related offences.

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 Website Launched To Help Elderly Drivers

As we all start to get a little older behind the wheel our driving style can change and we start complaining about the impatience of younger drivers and how everyone seems in too much of a rush. No doubt there are many views of the older driver, such as possible slower reaction times and driving at lower speeds.

On the converse, the ageing motorist can be viewed as being more experienced and careful with years of driving knowledge and skill behind them.

To this effect The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents (ROSPA) have launched a new website aimed specifically at the older motorist and keeping elderly drivers on the road. The key message that runs through the site that it is for the driver to assess and realise if they are unfit to drive.

In relation to their new website Head of Road Safety at ROSPA, Kevin Clinton stated: “The aim of the website is to help older people to continue to drive for as long as they are safe to do so, and to provide advice on making the decision to retire from driving if they are no longer able to drive safely.”

Some Law For Elderly Drivers

  • At the age of 70 all motorists must renew their driving licences.
    If their licence is renewed it must then be renewed every three years.
  • Elderly motorists (in fact all motorists) must report any relevant medical issues to the DVLA who will have the final say if a driving licence is to either be issued or indeed revoked before the next renewal date. A full list of notifiable conditions, and there are plenty, can be found by clicking the link – https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving/
  • If a motorist does not inform the DVLA of such a notifiable condition then this can result in prosecution including a fine up to £1000 and their motoring insurance being deemed invalid.
  • It is a requirement that all motorists be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away. It is not generally known but the police can require a motorist to have this on the spot eye test if they are worried about the person’s vision. If the motorist shows that they do not have the required standard of vision for driving the the police can make a request direct to the DVLA that their driving licence be revoked.

Just by way of housekeeping you can visit the new ROSPA led website by clicking the link – http://www.olderdrivers.org.uk/

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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One In Six Drivers Admit To Using Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

A recent YouGov poll has revealed that one in six drivers admit to still making phone calls on a mobile phone whilst driving.

Amongst that number polled 89% knew that there was a penalty for mobile phone usage whist driving however, only 47% knew what that penalty was.

Currently motorists face 3 penalty points and a £100 fine for using their mobile phone whilst driving.

Amazingly drivers are using social media applications whilst driving, checking Facebook and Twitter updates. 18% of those using social media on their mobiles believe that they can make those checks whilst driving safely, where 46% believe that they are doing nothing wrong making those checks whist their car is stationary in traffic. 8% of those polled admitted to accessing social media when behind the wheel with over a quarter of those stating that their desire to keep in touch with people is a good excuse for flouting the law.

Head of Transport Psychology at Transport Research Laboratory, Shaun Helman said, “Any task that involves holding a device, looking at it, and interacting with it during driving will adversely affect driving performance. We recently found that between 10-30% of road accidents in the EU are at least partly caused by distraction, and social media is an increasing risk in this area.

“Obviously some people, some of the time, value their social connectivity more than they value their safety and the safety of others. It is this perspective that should be targeted.”

If the latest Government proposals are given the go ahead then the penalties for mobile phone usage will increase to 4 penalty points and a £150 fine. There will be a heavier penalty for HGV drivers with the starting sentence being 6 penalty points.

Shaun Helman added to his comments by saying, ““A combination of education and enforcement is required to change drivers’ understanding of not only the risks involved, but the social unacceptability of being distracted at 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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Overweight Drivers Can’t Judge Distances. Really?

In a shock report from scientists it would seem that heavier drivers may inadvertently be able to use their weight as part of their motoring law case.

Reported in the Daily Mail, tests have allegedly shown that a person weighing 23 stones will see an object as being twice as far away when compared with a person weighing only 9 stones.

Seemingly, the weight effect also applies to gradients as well as distances. Again, a heavier person will see a hill as being steeper than a less heavier person.

As part of the research scientists have stated that the difference in views comes from an inherited survival mechanism from our distant past. It is intended to help us evaluate a situation immediately rather then needing to spend time thinking about it.

Dr Jessica Witt, a Psychologist from Colorado State University said, “”Effort and performance influences perception.

“People who weigh more than others see distances as farther and hills as steeper, the idea being that if you have to carry this extra load that also impacts your perception.

“It is conscious perception of the world, but it’s not based on conscious perception of the body or feelings of laziness .. And yes, it cannot be controlled, it is out of your hands.

“You can’t will yourself to see that target as closer or that hill as less steep.”

In one study, Dr Witt questioned 66 people regarding a cone that was placed some 15 metres away and asked them to estimate the distance. Those who weighed 9 stones thought the cone was 15 metres away and those weighing 23 stones estimated that it was 30 metres away.

Heaviness, whether through body weight or a load being carried seemed to be the determining factor in judging the distance.

Dr Witt further stated, “If you find yourself out hiking with a heavy backpack, hills are going to look steeper, distances are going to look farther, gaps across a river are going to look longer.”

“It’s this idea that if you are going to have to make more effort to ascend that hill because you are carrying this heavy backpack, the hill is going to look different.

“You are not seeing that hill as it is. You are seeing the world in your ability to act. Your ability is declined because you are having to carry this rucksack.”

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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Government U-Turn On Drink Driving Limit

Despite Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, telling the House of Commons that he will investigate the impact of lowering the drink driving limit in Scotland his Department soon after released an embarrassing statement detailing a complete reversal.

Despite the House of Lords debating a private members bill brought by the Alcohol Health Alliance and positive noises from the Minister, media and the public the Depart for Transport has released a statement saying that there will be no reduction in the drink driving limit for England and Wales.

Road safety campaigners had already urged the Government to reduce the drink driving limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg as had already been done in Scotland at the end of 2014.

Earlier in the day Andrew Jones MP has stated that he would investigate and assess the effect this reduction had had on road safety in Scotland.

Later that same day, the same Andrew Jones MP made a statement from the Department of Transport which said, “The government believes rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink-drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink-driving limit.

“Britain continues to have some of the safest roads in the world because we crack down on those who break the law.”

It is well known that England and Wales have one of the highest drink driving limits in the whole of Europe.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “It would be a poor argument to say cut the drink-drive limit just because others have done it, but there is now plenty of data to suggest a change would have a marked improvement in road safety terms.”

Edmund King, the president of the AA, said: “It seems a sensible step to bring us into line with Scotland and the majority of European countries.

“However, it would probably be more effective for the police to target hardcore offenders who are way over the current limit as they are involved in the most deaths and injuries on 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 07732 054827.

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When Is A Driver Not A Driver? Let’s Ask Google.

There has been a new development in the US regarding the legality of driverless cars.

As you may be aware, Internet giant Google has been developing driverless technology for cars. They are wanting to produce effective technology that will negate the need for steering wheels or pedals for those wanting to travel in personal cars.

This technology not only proposes a revolutionary way in which we all may travel but also a significant problem for legislators. Road traffic laws in the US, UK and around the world currently have no answer in addressing what to do about a driverless car.

In a seeming turnaround by the US Government, the US National Traffic Safety Administration has imitated that is has changed its stance that any vehicle without a human driver would be considered unroadworthy.

In a massive change of perspective the US National Traffic Safety Administration has written a letter to Google stating, “it is more reasonable to identify the driver as whatever (as opposed to whoever) is doing the driving”.

The letter goes on to say “In this instance, an item of motor vehicle equipment, the Self-Driving System, is actually driving the vehicle.”

In a report from the BBC, the conclusion was that this change of opinion is “one crucial step closer to being allowed on public roads”.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that although Government attitudes seem to be warming to the idea of driverless technology in the US, the passing of any affirmative laws would be too controversial at present.

However, this news may mean is a quickening in the advancement of the technology and no doubt Google will want to press a clarification on the point to give them direction for their development of the driverless car.

If the tentative US view of the driverless technology is to be embraced the issue of vehicle insurance may well have turned a corner also. Google along with a number of other companies developing the technology, have stated that they would accept full liability for any accidents where the car is at fault. Therefore, naming the car as the driver and not the individual would mean that any liability would rest with the company and not the owner.

Google has stated their belief in the technology and that cars without any controls are safer than those with. Their theory is that without controls, the human passengers would be less likely to interfere with the driving thus allowing the car to deal with any safety or road traffic issues.

We are obviously still some time away from a rollout but the investment being made by Google and the other companies, coupled with this new warming from the US means that we may well be moving from science fiction to science reality quicker than we at first thought.

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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Doctor’s Alliance Calls For Drink Driving Limits To Be Cut

Recent reports have told of a group of Doctors and health experts will urge the House of Lords to consider a bill cutting the drink driving limit across the whole of the UK.

In short the Doctors and health experts are petitioning that drink driving limits for the rest of the UK should be brought into line with those reductions made in Scotland.

The bill being suggested wants the current blood to alcohol level be reduced from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

The Government has already stated that the current drink driving limits for the rest of the UK strike the balance between safety and personal freedom.

It is a well known argument that the susceptibility to alcohol is very much dependant upon the person and the health experts involved have not suggested what volumes of alcohol can be drunk before someone would be over the suggested new drink driving limits. Guidelines would indicated that it would be just under a point of beer for a man and half a pint of beer for a woman. How accurate this is just can’t be confirmed.

The Alcohol Health Alliance is a group made up of a number of organisations such as The Royal College of Surgeons, The British Medical Association and Alcohol Concern.

In a letter to The Times, The Alcohol Health Alliance stated that a move to reduce the drink driving limits would improve road safety and save lives. It further went on to say that a vote in favour of the bill would send a clear message to the Government that “now is the time to lower the drink driving limit”.

It is interesting to note that England, Wales and Northern Ireland have one of the highest drink driving limits in Europe.

The Chair of The Alcohol Health Alliance, Prof Sir Ian Gilmore stated “several hundreds of lives could be saved in England each year”. He continued in this vein by arguing that scientific evidence for the change was strong.

In a supporting comment, the Local Government Association have recently reported that lowering the current drink driving limit would save approximately £300 million per year in ambulance callouts, police callouts and hospital admissions.

A spokesman for the Department of Transport said, “The drink-driving limit for England and Wales strikes an important balance between safety and personal freedom.

“By having our limit, we are not criminalising those who drink a small amount a long time before driving, but our advice remains unchanged: don’t take the risk by driving after you have had a drink.”

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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Learner Driver With 51 Points Still Allowed To Drive

A learner driver with a massive 51 points on her licence has been allowed to continue driving after courts exercised their discretion to ignore calls for disqualification. 51 points is the highest recorded penalty point total for any UK driver, and under normal rules it would mean an automatic disqualification. However, courts have discretionary powers to allow a person to keep their licence and continue driving, if they can successfully claim that they would suffer from exceptional hardship after having their licence taken away.

In this instance, though, critics are pointing to the fact that the driver is not yet able to drive without adequate supervision, which makes it difficult to see how she would suffer any “exceptional hardship”, which means that the court must be satisfied that disqualification from driving would cause hardship that goes beyond that of the hardship that would normally be expected following a driving disqualification.

The points were amassed for three speeding offences, and for failing to provide driver details on seven different occasions, according to the data that was provided to the Institute of Advanced Motorists as part of a Freedom of Information Act data request. Two drivers had amassed 42 points, while still being allowed to drive, meaning that they had the joint second highest points total.

Under current law, any points that are added to a provisional licence do not essentially take effect until the driver obtains a full licence. Amassing six points within the first two years of getting a full licence means that the licence will be revoked, but any driver that carries points over from their provisional licence will not have their licence taken away unless they accumulate any more points during that two-year period.

However, a 6 month disqualification for collecting 12 points in a three year period should still apply, according to current law, but the courts have decided not to invoke this rule in this instance. Essentially, this means that the driver could pass her test, be allowed to drive with 51 points, and not face having her licence revoked unless she is given more 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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Motorists That Kill When Over The Limit Could Be Charged With Manslaughter

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has discussed the possibility of a major law change that would see motorists that kill when they are over the drink drive or drug drive limit charged with manslaughter. This means that they could face a maximum term of life imprisonment, compared to the current maximum of 14 years under existing laws.

Critics have said that the current legislation not only means that judges have the power to offer leniency, but it also means that there is a large disparity between the sentences that people receive if they kill another person when intoxicated or high on drugs. A number of politicians, including those from other parties, are backing the potential move, with sources saying that it is about time that legislation caught up with the current feelings against drink driving.

Laws in Scotland were changed last year, greatly reducing the legal limit, and despite the fact that drink driving arrests have actually dropped Norther of the border, the UK government continues to resist the urge to take similar action. England and Wales now have the joint highest drink driving limit in Europe, and many groups have said that if the government are serious about improving road safety then reducing the limit is one step that they must consider.

One law that was introduced last year was that of the offence of drug driving. A list of drugs and substances, that include recreational drugs like cannabis and cocaine as well as some prescription drugs, can now be tested, and if a person is found to be over the limit, then they face an automatic disqualification, in the same way that any driver that is found to be over the drink driving limit faces.

However, it isn’t just drink and drug drivers that could face harsher penalties. Dementia sufferers are being warned that they shouldn’t drive unless they are safe to do so, because new penalties could be introduced. The move comes amid fears that dementia sufferers that are warned not to drive again, could be putting people in great danger by getting behind the wheel.