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New Drivers Could Be Banned From Driving At Night

It has been reported how new initiatives could see new drivers banned from night time driving as part of a graduated licensing process.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has suggested that a new drivers licence would be expanded as their skill sets and safety awareness grows. Other than nighttime driving, other limitation could also include driving with passengers.

Driving charity Brake called upon the government to introduce such a scheme last year but plans were shelved on the basis of it affecting young people’s job and educational prospects.

However, the government have stated how 20% of new drivers are involved in a crash during their first year of driving and have stated they wish to see this number fall. The DfT has now said they will be making a study over the next 12 months on the effectiveness of graduated licence scheme.

It should be noted how the UK already has a graduated licence scheme in place for motorcycles with riders needing to be over the age of 21 and has already held a “standard A2” licence before being able to ride a bike of any size or power output.

The RAC said it supported plans to improve young drivers’ safety, but any graduated system needed to consider the needs of young drivers.

“Young drivers sadly are over-represented in road traffic collisions so we welcome plans to improve their safety,” said the RAC’s head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes. “Graduated driver licensing has the benefit of providing a more controlled environment when learning how to drive, however, this must be balanced so it does not disadvantage young drivers who need to use vehicles for night work.

“We certainly would welcome a minimum learning period, or indeed a minimum number of learning hours required, while there may also be merits in restricting new drivers from carrying some passengers at certain times of the day and possibly even having a stricter drink-drive limit for new drivers. But we would also encourage the government to look closely at providing incentives for the uptake of telematics-based policies for new drivers, and consider how any new rules governing new drivers can be effectively enforced.”

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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Driving Instructors Asked By Police To Keep Young Drivers Safe

Driving instructors in Warwickshire have been asked by police to help keep young drivers safe on Warwickshire roads.

The Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner has invited 75 approved driving instructors to join them as “Honest Truth” instructors to help reduce the number of young people seriously injured or killed on the road every year.

In 2018, Warwickshire saw four 17 to 25 year olds killed and 66 seriously injured in 2018. A further 267 escaped with minor injuries relating to road traffic accidents.

Warwickshire Police Inspector Jem Mountford said: “Our younger drivers are over represented in our road casualty statistics and it is important we support innovative schemes like The Honest Truth to help reduce these numbers. We want to work with Approved Driving Instructors as they are in the unique position of reaching young drivers when they are in the learning state of mind.

“We know from statistical evidence that the majority of those KSIs (killed and seriously injured) involving new and young drivers, aren’t as a result of poor driving skill. In other words, the mirror-signal-manoeuvre technical skills taught by driving instructors and required to pass a driving test aren’t so much of an issue as the lack of decision-making skills and understanding of the dangers faced by new drivers. The Honest Truth project helps to make young drivers aware of the risks when they start to drive alone.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said “Working with Approved Driving Instructors provides a unique opportunity to reach new drivers in Warwickshire at a key point in their driving career, when they are still learning and receptive to new information.

“Approved Driving Instructors can use The Honest Truth to provide a targeted road safety initiative to learner drivers during their lessons to help people stay safer on Warwickshire’s roads.”

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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Government Says Mobile Phone Loophole To Be Closed

Currently, UK motorists face a £200 fine and 6 penalty points should they be caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel. However, there has been a loophole caused by the way in which the legislation was drafted.

Some drivers have been able to show they had only been using their phone to take photographs or movies rather than “transmitting or receiving” data or making a phone call.

The Government have now announced plans to make using a mobile phone whilst driving illegal no matter what the reason. The Department for Transport hope the new rules will be in place by Spring 2020.

“We recognise that staying in touch with the world while travelling is an essential part of modern day life but we are also committed to making our roads safe,” said the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. “Drivers who user a hand-held mobile phone are hindering their ability to spot hazards and react in time – putting people’s lives at risk.

“We welcome the Transport Select Committee’s report, and share their drive to make our roads even safer which is why this review will look to tighten up the existing law to bring it into the 21st century, preventing reckless driving and reduce accidents on our roads.”

Samuel Nahk, senior public affairs officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “All phone use behind the wheel is dangerous and to get this message across to drivers the law must reflect this. Far too many people still use their phone behind the wheel, yet it should be as unacceptable as drink driving, with research showing that reaction times whilst texting are double those of drink-drivers.”
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said: “We welcome the government’s move to clarify the law on using hand-held mobile devices while driving and close loopholes which treat sending or receiving data differently, allowing drivers acting dangerously to escape prosecution.

“The committee’s report was clear on the dangers of hands-free devices and it is troubling that they will not be banned despite the government’s acknowledgement of the risk. The current law provides a dangerous false impression that it is safe to use a mobile phone with a hands-free kit when driving – it is not. All phone use behind the wheel is dangerous and to get this message across to drivers the law must reflect this.”

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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Serious Crash Leads To Drink Driving Arrests

A serious road traffic collision which ended with a woman being airlifted to hospital has resulted in a man being charged with drink driving.

Three people were injured in the collision which happened on the A483 in Oswestry.

The road was closed for 5 hours following the crash.

Police reported how a 29 year old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

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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Lowest Roadside Breath Tests Since 2002 In England And Wales

Latest figures from the Police Powers And Procedures Report For England and Wales has shown how police have carried out the least number of road side breath tests since 2002. The latest figure of 321,000 breath tests is from 2018 and itself is slightly lower than the comparable figure of 326,000 from 2017.

However, the latest figures show a massive drop when compared with 670,000 road side breath tests in 2009, that number being the largest since the Home Office ban collecting such data.

Furthermore, the amount of drivers refusing to take a breath test has risen from 11% in 2007 to 15% in 2018.

Publication of this data comes shortly after figures produced following a Freedom of Information request by Alcosense showing how government spending on drink driving campaigns had been cut by 75% over the past decade. In 2008/9 some £3.16 million was spent when compared with £754,000 in 2018/19.

This can then be put into content with recent Department for Transport figures showing how deaths caused by drink driving had risen from 200 (2015) to 250 (2017).

Similarly, over that same period the number of serious casualties in road traffic accidents where one or more of the driver had been over the drink driving limit had risen by 18%.

Alcosense’s managing director, Hunter Abbott, said the reduction in spending on campaigns and the cut in breath tests were to blame for increasing numbers of deaths caused by drunk drivers.

“Drink drive deaths have increased by 25 percent in two years, a result of lower investment in education and fewer breath tests by police,” he said. “Drink driving, whether unintentionally the ‘morning after’ or on the evening itself, ruins the lives of innocent victims as well as the drivers themselves. The government is not doing enough to tackle the scourge of drink driving.”

A government spokesperson said: “Drink driving is absolutely deplorable, which is why there are tough penalties and rigorous enforcement in place for those who do this. We are working with industry to develop new evidential roadside breath tests, meaning drink drivers do not have the chance to sober up before being tested.

“On top of this, our award-winning THINK! campaign tackles the behaviours and social norms behind drink driving, with activity increasingly targeted where it can have the most impact – particularly among young male drivers who are over-represented in collisions.”

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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Data Shows Drivers Don’t care About Using A Phone Behind The Wheel, Says RAC

The latest study of driving habits undertaken by the RAC has shown 25% of drivers admit making and receiving calls on their mobile phone when behind the wheel.

This worrying data also shows how 17% of drivers also admit to using their phones to check texts, emails and social media updates whilst driving.

Sadly, but predictably it is young drivers who are the biggest culprits.

If this data was not bad enough, anecdotal evidence suggests the figures are in fact much higher.

In 2017, the government introduced tougher sentencing for those drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel. The penalty increased to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if convicted.

The use of phones whilst driving is a significant problem on today’s roads. Many experts have cited how using a mobile device causes the same level of impairment when compared with a driver who had been drinking.

Also, at the time when the new sentencing powers were brought in, there had been a spate of high profile road deaths and accident caused by drivers distracted through technology.

The government and police continue to try and find new ways to discourage mobile phone use behind the wheel, however, many suggested automated solutions have been thwarted when differentiating between a drivers phone and a passengers phone has been too difficult.

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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Fines For Stopping In Yellow Boxes To Be Rolled Out Nationwide

It has been reported how drivers will soon face fines for stopping in yellow box junctions all around the country.

The Transport Secretary looks likely to hand powers for enforcing moving traffic violations to local councils as has been the case for London and Cardiff.

While accepting the move broadly makes sense, the RAC has expressed its concern over how many councils may see the move as a cash cow to increase their income.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC said: “Local authorities know where congestion might require some form of enforcement, particularly in the case of box junctions, so it stands to reason they should be able to improve this through the use of enforcement.

“However, we remain concerned that cash-strapped authorities may see this as an opportunity to extract more revenue from drivers.”

Transport for London has been enforcing and penalising drivers for stopping in yellow box junctions for 15 years and in 2017/2018 issued fines to the value of £16 million.

Nicholas Lyes added: “Should powers be extended to cover all moving traffic offences, local authorities must use this as an opportunity to improve traffic flow and safety, and not as a way to generate more revenue.”

Fines For Mobile Phone Usage Down By 27%

There are some who say this huge drop in fines for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel is a triumph of new sentencing powers and others are saying it is because there are less police on the roads to enforce the law.

Figures show how in 2018 some 38,600 fixed penalty tickets were handed to drivers for the offence when compared with 53,000 the year before.

AA president Edmund King said: “It is good to see the number of hand-held mobile phone offences drop by more than a quarter, but we must not be complacent as often drivers are still spotted using phones at the wheel.

“Only a fifth of drivers say there is a visible police presence on their local roads, so a more prominent presence would help to deter the use of hand-held mobiles and texting at the wheel.”

Mr King went on: “The majority of the 2.1 million speeding offences were caught by cameras. Whilst cameras are a useful tool available to forces to help enforce the law, roads policing cannot be carried out by cameras alone.

“There has clearly been a targeted effort by forces to stamp out people not wearing a seat belt, as the number of fines and points issued is at a two-year high. There is no excuse for not belting up as it can save your life and the lives of others.

“For more than a decade the number of specialist road traffic officers has reduced by a third, so we need more cops in cars to tackle bad behaviour as well as continued high profile and memorable road safety campaigns.”

Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said: “The drop in mobile phone use offences could simply reflect shifting priorities across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, with constabularies focusing resources on other types of offending.”

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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PM Urges US To Waive Immunity For Diplomat’s Wife Wanted Over Death Crash

News of the death of teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed by the wife of an American diplomat has rocked the nation and caused a serious issue for the Prime Minister.

Harry was knocked off his motorbike by a car driven by Anne Sacoolas, wife to an American diplomat. It was said the collision occurred because Ms Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road.

At the time of the investigation, Ms Sacoolas told the police she had no intention of leaving the UK, however, she shortly after took a plane back the United States citing diplomatic immunity.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a hospital in Watford, the Prime Minister said: “I think everybody’s sympathies are very much with the family of Harry Dunn and our condolences to them for their tragic loss.

“I must answer you directly, I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose.

“And I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.

“That’s a point that we’ve raised or are raising today with the American ambassador here in the UK and I hope it will be resolved very shortly.

“And to anticipate a question you might want to raise, if we can’t resolve it then, of course, I will be raising it myself personally with the White House.”

The US embassy in London confirmed the incident had involved a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat who had departed the country, but added that diplomatic immunity was “rarely waived”.

In a statement, the embassy said: “We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in this tragic traffic accident.

“Any questions regarding a waiver of the immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry; immunity is rarely waived.

“The US embassy has been and will continue to be in close contact with appropriate British officials.”

Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles said: “We’re not a horrible family. We’re a usual UK family that just need to put a face to what we have now as a name.

“Talk to her, find out how she’s feeling. She’s got to be suffering as well – she’s a mum.

“Without knowing who this person is properly, we can’t begin to try and start our grieving process.”

Ms Charles said: “If we have to we will go to Washington. We don’t want it to have to come to that, we don’t see why it should have to come to that… we just want to sit and talk with her.

“We just don’t understand how you can just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even speaking to us or facing us, or an apology of any kind.”

The teenager’s father Tim Dunn said: “It’s appalling. You can’t have this precedent where just because you have this immunity you can do whatever.”

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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Drunk In Charge Trial Victory – Manchester City Magistrates Court

Carl Miller defended Ms M in her trial of Being Drunk In Charge Of A Motor Vehicle. The court heard how Ms M had slept in the back of her car following a night out with work colleagues. It had been her plan to take a taxi back to her hotel, however, she found herself alone at night in a strange city, not knowing where the taxi ranks were. She told the court for her own safety she decided to sleep in her car until she could find a taxi in the safety of daylight. The court accepted her evidence and Ms M was acquitted.

Result

Location: Manchester City Magistrates Court

Offence: Being Drunk In Charge Of A Motor Vehicle

Outcome: Acquitted

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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