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Man Denies Causing Death Of A Father And Newborn Son By Dangerous Driving

A 29 year old man from Cardiff has denied causing the deaths of a father and his newborn son by dangerous driving.

The defendant, Kyle Kennedy has appeared at Cardiff Crown Court to enter his plea to the charge following the incident which tool place on New Years Eve 2015, at around 5.30pm.

The deceased driver, Simon Lewis was driving near to a round about with his heavily pregnant wife and their 3 year old daughter when the accident occurred.

It is reported that because of the accident Mrs Lewis was taken to hospital where she underwent an emergency caesarean procedure. Tragically, their new born son died later that day in hospital.

Although the defendant denied the allegation of causing death by dangerous driving, he entered guilty pleas to causing death by careless driving, aggravated vehicle taking and disqualified driving.

The pleas were not accepted by the prosecution and the defendant will face a train for causing death by dangerous driving.

The defendant appeared from custody and was returned to await his trial.

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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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Snapchat Sued For Encouraging Dangerous Driving

Online news journals have been awash with reports following a teenager crashing into another vehicle whilst using Snapchat’s speed filter.

That maybe bad enough but the accident caused the other driver to suffer permanent brain damage.

The whole issue revolved around an 18 year old driver called Cristal McGee.

She was driving her car when she decided to use Snapchat on her mobile phone to take a selfie. She used the speed filter to record what speed she was doing at the the of the photograph.

A passenger in her car stated that she saw McGee’s phone record 113mph at one stage.

Police have estimated that McGee was travelling at 107mph the she collided with the other car.

As a result of the accident the victim, Wentworth Maynard, was in a coma for some weeks and now has permanent brain damage.

To add insult to injury, McGee was still coherent enough after the accident to take another selfie from the back of the ambulance.

The police had originally thought that it was Maynard who caused the crash by pulling out from a junction into the path of McGee. However, after they discovered how fast McGee was travelling and that she had been using the Snapchat app just before the accident, their views changed.

Maynard is now seeking damages from both McGee and Snapchat.

Unsurprisingly Snapchat has not yet made a public statement in relation to the claim.

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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Learner Rage As Driving Examiner And Instructor Abused And Chased

News from Accrington has reported that a learner driver was so enraged that he abused both his driving examiner and instructor following which he chased them down the road.

The 25 year old learner, Antony Alltree of Accrington lost his head when his instructor slammed on the dual controls at a roundabout when the learner was at the wheel.

He then became “abusive” to both his examiner and instructor before getting out of the car and starting to threaten them.

As the instructor and examiner drove the car back to the driving school, Alltree chased them on foot.

When he finally arrived that the DVSA centre Alltree began banging on doors and windows.

The police were called and the learner driver was arrested.

Alltree has now appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to a public order offence.

He was sentenced to a 2 year community order with a 35 day programme requirement and a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation and £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 07732 054827.

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Drink Driving Twice In One Day, Man Accused

The US press has reported that a New Hampshire man has been caught drink driving twice in the same day.

The unlucky driver, Thomas Dwyer was first stopped at around 10.20 i the morning and police assessed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was taken to the police station and his car was towed from the scene.

He was later released that day with the single bail condition that he refrained form excessive driving.

However, he was spotted driving his car at around 8.30pm that same day and police pulled his car over.

Yet again, he was deemed to be drink driving and arrested for a second time.

He was later charged with drink driving and breaching his earlier bail condition.

It is understood that Mr Dwyer has pleased not guilty to all matters and is next due in court on 21 June 2016.

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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Family Educates Young Drivers In “Battle Against Distracted driving”

As part of a new strategy in warning young drivers against distracted driving, a Calgary family have told of their experience when their 22 year old daughter suffered brain damage as a result of a distracted driving accident.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have stated a pilot scheme called “Option 4”. As part of the project 22 drivers, under the age of 25, who have been caught on their mobile phones whilst driving had agreed to attend the talk.

After the talk, the RCMP recommended that the distracted driving tickets were withdrawn.

“When we issue a ticket, a driver has three options. They can pay up, plea not-guilty, or meet with a prosecutor before court in an effort to resolve the matter – but all these options focus only on the ticket,” said RCMP Sergeant Darrin Turnbull. “ We came up with ‘Option 4’ because it isn’t just about the ticket – it’s about making young people understand that taking their eyes off the road, for even a few seconds, is an extremely dangerous behaviour.”

Melody Battle, the 22 year old who suffered brain damage as a result of a distracted driving accident told her story to those who had attended. She stated that she had woken late at a friends house and decided to text her boss on her mobile phone whilst she was rushing to work.

The young drivers heard that whilst she was texting, Melody’s car collided with a road laying machine, the fork of which went through her eye socket.

A 20 year ldd river who attended the scheme called Simon Fournier stated: ““It’s almost like Scared Straight. We all know the consequences (of distracted driving) but to see them right in front of you like that it’s definitely eye-opening.”

Melody continued by saying that she knows the mind set of young people whilst using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

“I realise that they think it’s easy to text and drive but what could happen in the long run is so scary,” said Melody. “I’m excited that I could possibly be saving many lives and that makes me feel like a superhero.”

After the presentation, those attending were allowed to drive go carts, at first without distractions and then with.

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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Self Driving Coalition Formed As Cyber Security Report Is Released

It has been reported from the US that Google, Lyft, Ford, Volvo and Uber have formed a self driving coalition following a cyber security report from the Government Audit Officer (GAO).

The main thrust being the coalition is to lobby the US Government for an earlier introduction of driverless vehicles, only 1 day following the report.

The coalition made a statement on 26 April 2016, which stated it will: “work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.”

It has also been reported that David Strickland, the former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator, will be the coalition’s spokesperson and counsel. It should be noted that Mr Strickland issued the first “automated vehicle policy” during his time at the NHTSA.

Mr Strickland stated that self driving vehicles will make America’s roads safer and less congested. He continued by saying: “The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles.”

Taggart Matthiesen of Lyft has commented to SC Magazine that: “Eventually, the world will move to one where autonomous vehicles are a major mode of transportation.”

He continued: ““They’ll increase accessibility, affordability — and importantly, improve safety.

“Working with this coalition is a great way to impact the future of transportation and our cities.”

The GAO released its report on vehicle cyber security following concerns raised about self driving vehicles and safety features in modern cars. The majority of car industry stakeholders felt that wireless attacks on vehicles was a concern.

You can read the full GAO report on cyber security by clicking here.

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 Insights Into Hit & Run Motorists

New research has indicated that almost half of all hit and tun drivers would not have left the accident scene had they known it was an offence not to stay.

The survey has also shown that drivers between the ages of 16 to 34 are the most likely to leave the scene of an accident. The reason given is that they are afraid of the consequences if they stay.

Out of the motorists interviewed the most common reason given for leaving the scene of an accident is that they did not consider the incident to be serious enough to remain.

The research was undertaken by the University of Leicester who interviewed 695 people convicted of hit and run incidents, legally known as failing to stop or failing to report after and accident.

Dr Matt Hopkins, a senior lecturer at the university, said: “For a number of drivers there is clearly confusion about the legal requirement to report an accident.

“Importantly, some differences are observed between younger and older drivers that could be developed into preventative strategies.”

Ashton West, chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), which commissioned the research, said: “There is a real need to understand why there are so many hit and run accidents.

“The completion of this independent research will provide useful insights which we will share with the Government, police, the insurance industry and other interested bodies so that we can take action to tackle this problem together.”

The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that following an accident, a motorist must stop and give their name and address to others involved.

Furthermore and in the event that someone is injured or personal details had not been exchanged, the motorist has to report the accident to the police “as soon as is reasonably practicable”.

It should be noted that the maximum sentence for failing to stop and or report an accident is 6 months custody.

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 £70 Fine For Parking On Pavement

It has been reported that the Department for Transport is considering launching a fine system for motorists who park on pavements.

The thought behind the new fine is to encourage people to walk by removing potential obstructions on pavements.

It has been reported in The Times that in a recent cycling and walking investment strategy, minsters for the Department of Transport plan to extend a 40 year old London by-law right across England.

The move is expected to make it illegal to park on pavements unless local councils allow motorists permission to mount the kerb.

Currently in London, these exemptions are shown by bay markings or blue parking signs. In other parts of the country parking on the pavement is generally allowed subject to other restrictions or double yellow lines.

In February 2016, Leicester Council received so many complaints about pavement parking that they plan to use a marked bay system as in London. Those who ignore the bays and flout the law are likely to receive a £70 fine.

Road safety campaigners have been quick to welcome the plane however, motoring organisations have suggested that alternative parking solutions must be put in place.

“The concern would be that local authorities will be able to ban pavement parking without looking at the consequences,” Edmund King, president of the AA, told The Times.

“Getting rid of pavement parking is fine but only if you then remove some redundant double-yellow lines to create space elsewhere,” he added.

Councils have been able to ban pavement parking since 2011 by using special regulation orders. These new regulations would make a blanket ban across the country and councils having to mark where there are exceptions.

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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WATCH Drink Driving Eddie Stobart Driver Reverse Up M6 Toll

An Eddie Stobart driver has been court facing charges of dangerous driving and drink driving offences after being caught reversing up the M6 Toll Road 10 times.

This alarming piece of driving was caught on CCTV and it shows the lorry zig zagging across all 3 lanes, narrowly missing the motor way users.

By more luck than judgement, the lorry did not hit anyone but did manage to reverse some 800 metres before the police arrived and put a stop to it.

The driver of the lorry called Mr Formanek, from the Czech Republic, had been on a delivery from Eastern Europe to the UK before the incident occurred.

Following the incident he was immediately sacked by Eddie Stobart.

He appeared at Stafford Crown Court and was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for dangerous driving, 4 months imprisonment for drink driving, to run concurrently; and a 12 month ban from driving, also requiring a re test.

Eddie Stobart’s chief operating officer David Pickering said: “Following a very swift internal investigation into this incident, the driver was identified as part of our European operation on a delivery from the Czech Republic to the UK.

“He was immediately dismissed. We have fully supported the Central Motorway Police Group in their investigation and completely endorse their quick and decisive action in response to this individual’s appalling and criminal actions.”

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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Self Driving Cars Not Ready For Roads

Despite Google and other technology companies investing large amounts into driverless cars, engineers and safety campaigners have told the US Government that they are just not safe enough yet. The issue has come about in the light of reports over unsolved technical issues which are causing a lot of concern despite the companies’ push for faster government approval.

It has been reported that a trade association for auto manufacturers has called for caution with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and that a slower approach to them delivering their driverless vehicle regulations will be better. The decision to produce the new regulations was made in January 2016 with a promise from officials to have it completed by July 2016.

Paul Scullion, the Safety Manager at the Association of Global Automakers stated that there are risks in the Government deviating from their usual timescale and process of issuing regulations and standards.

He added that issuing such regulations normally takes around 8 years and whereas guidance is open to interpretation by being more general in its terms, regulations are both strict and enforceable.

“While this process is often time-consuming, these procedural safeguards are in place for valid reasons,” Scullion said.

The Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind stated that the agency cannot deal with the usual timeframes as the technology exists and is already being used on the roads. The technology that he highlighted included automatic braking and lane controls.

He added: “Everybody asks, ‘When are they going to be ready?’ I keep saying they’re not coming; they are here now.”

On the issue of Federal instructions Rosekind continued: “People are just going to keep putting stuff out on the road with no guidance on how do we do this the right way.”

It was further emphasised that driverless technologies are “game changing” and have the potential effect of making the roads safer and saving thousands of lives.

It should be noted that President Obama has recently announced a 10 year, $3.9 billion plan for automated technologies including the large scale deployment of driverless vehicles.