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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 07855 806119.

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Two Men Fined In Poole After Mobile Phone Driving

Two separate cases have been heard at Poole Magistrates of men charged with driving while using a mobile phone.

The men, whose cases were heard separately, both received fines and points on their license, and one of them received a six-month ban.

In the first case, a 24-year-old man from Kent was found guilty after being caught using his mobile at the wheel in the Christchurch area on July 27, 2017. In his absence, he was fined £200 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, as well as receiving six endorsements on his license.

In the second case, a 39-year-old Bournemouth man pleaded guilty to driving while using his mobile phone having being caught in the city on September 8, 2017.

Magistrates fined him £220 with £300 costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge and six points on his license. As it was not the first time he had appeared in court for driving offences, he was also banned from driving for six months.

Since the law changed in March 2017, the penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is a minimum of six points on the license and a fine of at least £200.

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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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 on June 15, 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 07855 806119.

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Drink Driver Loses Licence and Dream Career

A 28-year-old man has lost his chance at pursuing his dream job of becoming a firefighter after being convicted of drink driving and receiving an 18-month ban.

Magistrates in Burnley heard that the company director crashed while drink driving and had to be cut from the wreckage of his car by the very service he wished to join.

The accident occurred at around 2am on Saturday 15th April outside the Anchor Inn, Salterforth, and the man was rushed to hospital in Preston, thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Blood tests revealed him to have 170mg alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80mg. He suffered a broken jaw and a broken eye socket.

Speaking for the prosecution, Carl Gaffney explained that the defendant had expressed his shame and remorse in a letter to the court as he entered his guilty plea.

“He is shocked by his behaviour and he fully takes on board the seriousness of what he has done. The consequences of this will prove a real challenge in the future.”

Selina Akhtar, mitigating, said that her client, with no previous convictions, had been out drinking and watching the Grand National with friends.

He had originally intended to walk home, but for some reason instead decided to drive.

“Thankfully it was a quiet time of night,” she said, adding: “It could have been a lot worse.”

Ms Akhtar also added that her client had wanted to become a fireman, but his conviction for drink driving would prevent him from doing so, thus causing him a great deal of upset.

“He has not had a drink of alcohol since this incident,” she said.

After pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving with excess alcohol, Magistrates banned the man from driving for 18 months, fined him £368 and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

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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Drug Driver Who Failed To Provide Specimen Gets Heavy Fine And Ban

A man suspected of drug driving has been fined over £3,000 and banned from the roads for more than two years after failing to provide a specimen.

The motorist drove through a police roadblock and was initially arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drugs.

The 49-year-old from Staithes pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis, and Magistrates fined him £3,500 in addition to his 29-month ban, as well as ordering costs and charges totalling £255.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton said: “We’re seeing an increase in the number of people who fail to provide a specimen after they’ve been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving.

“It’s possible that some drivers think that behaving like this will somehow give them a ‘get out of jail free’ card.

“But both the police and the courts take a dim view of people who fail to provide.

“In this case, magistrates have imposed a very significant fine and a lengthy driving ban, which should serve as a very stark warning to other motorists.

“If you’re arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving, refusing to co-operate only makes things worse in the long run.”

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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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 on December 2017.

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 07855 806119.

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NHS Drink Driver Banned Following Crash

A 49-year-old woman has appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court after crashing into a wall while drink driving.

The defendant, who crashed into a wall in Liversedge on June 10, said she had been drinking more to escape her “volatile” husband.

A member of the public reported the woman to police after seeing her swerving across Huddersfield Road just after 11pm.

The court heard that the woman hit a grass verge and collided with a wall before reversing and continuing her journey. She then exited the vehicle and climbed over a wall.

Shortly thereafter police found the driver and arrested her after she failed a roadside breath test.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “When she was arrested a wine bottle with half a glass of wine still left over was found in the vehicle when it was searched.”

Following her arrest, further tests showed the NHS driver to have 121mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, against the legal drink driving limit of 35mcg.

She told the court that she had been drinking since 4pm and her memories of the accident were very vague.

Aubrey Sampson, mitigating, said that she had not previously had any trouble with the police or the courts, adding “Her relationship with her husband has recently not been very good.”

“He started taking steroids and that led to a change in mood which led to quite a volatile relationship.”

“She found she was drinking far too much and she knew she had a problem.

“On the day in question, an argument started between them. She took her vehicle and drove, and the rest is history.

“Since the offence, they have both realised they have problems in their lives. He has stopped taking steroids and she has not had a drink since.”

Chairwoman Kathryn Beney told her: “This was a very, very high reading and you could have gone to custody.

“You were involved in an accident which could have been much more serious than hitting a wall. I think you’ve realised the seriousness of this offence.”

Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 29 months after she pleaded guilty to drink driving. She was also issued a 12-month community order requiring 10 days rehabilitation, six months alcohol treatment, and 40 hours of unpaid work in addition to paying £85 costs and a victim 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 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver Caught Using Mobile Phone At The Wheel

A man has been convicted of drug driving by Kirklees Magistrates after he was caught driving while using his mobile phone.

Police officers saw the motorist using his phone on February 20 in Dewsbury and pulled him over before noticing the smell of cannabis coming from his Audi.

Andy Willis told the court for the prosecution: “He initially caught the attention of police because he was using his mobile at the time.

“The defendant was invited into the back of the police vehicle and while speaking to him they could smell cannabis coming from him.”

The man was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after a roadside drug swipe showed the presence of the class B drug in his system.

Subsequent blood tests showed the driver, who appeared in court in 2016 on possession charges, to have more than 7mcg D9-THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg.

Daniel Metcalfe, mitigating, explained that his client had been driving to see his daughter who was unwell.

“He had smoked cannabis in the morning and made the decision to drive the vehicle not feeling that he was impaired.

“The reason police were drawn to him was because he was fiddling with his mobile phone and not due to a poor standard of driving.”

The man pleaded guilty to drug driving and was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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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Three-Year Ban And Suspended Sentence For Repeat Drink Driving Motorist

A Lancashire man has been banned from the roads after his latest in a string of drink driving offences.

In this latest incident on February 5, the first being back in 2001, he was found pulled over on a grass verge behind the wheel of his car.

When police officers breathalysed him, the driver was found to have 80mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Roger Brown, prosecuting, told the court: “An ambulance was driving along the road and came across the Vauxhall Astra. The car was parked half on the verge [and] the defendant was in the driving seat. The officers who spoke to the defendant described him as crying and there was a smell of alcohol. Neither of the officers made reference to there being drink in the car.”

Mitigating for the defendant, David Lawson explained that at the time of the offence his client was “effectively living in his car”. He had recently lost his mother and had a fall-out with his father – circumstances which had caused him much grief.

Mr Lawson said: “My client has had a traumatic part of his life. He has had problems with alcohol. Clearly, he has previous records. On this occasion, he was not in a good state of mind.”

The driver, who is now in full-time employment, pleaded guilty to drink driving. Magistrates sentenced him to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, banned him from driving for three years, and imposed a fine of £620 plus a victim surcharge of £115.

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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Jail For Lorry Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident By Using Mobile Phones While Driving

A Newark lorry driver who caused a fatal smash because he was driving distracted by two mobile phones and his satnav has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

The 36-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the charges at Nottingham Crown Court but was sentenced after a four-day trial.

The Court heard how at just after 8am on 12 December 2016 the defendant was driving a 38-tonne, fully laden articulated lorry, which collided with a Ford Transit van near Hockerton on the A617. The 58-year-old van driver died as a result of his injuries.

The driver’s dashcam, as well as his personal and work mobile phones, were used in evidence showing he had taken calls on both phones and been programming his satnav while driving.

The driver had ended a call just prior to the collision, and moments later had lost control of his vehicle and crossed the road into the path of the Transit Van. The driver of the van had no time to avoid the oncoming lorry.

Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Unit said: “This incident shows the catastrophic impact that inattention whilst driving can have. [The driver] was effectively at the hands of a lethal weapon and he showed complete disregard for the power of the machine he was driving.

“[The victim’s] death was completely avoidable. His family are left picking up the pieces and the Christmas period will now serve as a constant reminder of the tragedy. [The driver] is beginning a prison sentence and leaving his own family to cope with the impact of that.

“I cannot emphasise enough that whilst driving, full attention needs to be given to what is happening on the road. Distractions such as using mobile phones and sat navs  can, in a moment, have devastating consequences that impacts on many lives.

“Nottinghamshire Police Collision Investigation team will bring those that cause death or serious injury before the courts.

“The message is simple: no phones, no distractions, no excuses.”

The driver of the lorry was jailed for three-and-a-half years and banned from driving for a further three years. Should he wish to drive again he must take an extended retest.

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

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