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Worrying Trend Of Drivers Admitting To Drink Driving

It always seems the bad news stories for drink driving come from the UK, however, other European counties also have their issues.

A survey taken in Spain has shown a worrying trend for drink driving. Around 14% of those drivers surveyed admitted to regularly driving whilst over the drink driving limit.

The survey conducted was European wide and showed a similar trend taking place in Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria.

It should be noted how Spain has a much lower drink driving limit than the UK.

15 countries took part in the survey and on average some 43.6% of drivers admitted to driving after at least some alcohol in their system. The highest figure was from France with 54% of drivers surveyed admitted to driving after taking some alcohol.

France also topped the figures for those drivers who take some alcohol before driving on a regular basis at 32.9%. This can be compared with 27.5% with the UK.

Despite Pan-European drink driving campaigns the figures who show the message is not getting through. The survey also showed how those drivers who admitted to having a drink before driving, were mainly concerned about the consequences of being caught rather than the effect drink could have on their driving abilities.

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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Dorset Police Launch Operation Snap

Dorset Police have now launched an online service where members of the public can upload their pics dangerous and inconsiderate driving.

Known as “Operation Snap”, the police are hoping the public will do some of their work for them by keeping their eyes peeled and fingers firmly on their cameras.

dorset police operation snap

Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of Alliance Roads Policing, said: “We have been receiving complaints from members of the public about dangerous and anti-social driving for some time, and there is a significant demand for a facility such as Operation Snap.

“It allows us to effectively deal with digital footage and photos of traffic offences in a safe and secure way.

“Dorset Police has a determined and robust approach to policing the roads in our force area and will take every opportunity to make them safer for everyone.”

Dorset Police have been very clear how the website is for uploading pictures of driving offences only. They have concerns about how the service may be used to upload crash footage or car parking issues.

Anyone posting a picture also needs to provide the registration number of the offending vehicle and be prepared to sign a statement and appear in court.

operation snap

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I’m very pleased there has been a sustained drop in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads over the last seven years and I hope this system will provide yet another tool to help us continue to make our roads even safer, by empowering responsible motorists to help the police take dangerous drivers off the road.”

I am not too sure about this. I am never a fan of the public being asked to be the police’s eyes and ears when it is their job to patrol. It just feels a bit sneaky.

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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 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.

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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1200 Prosecutions From Dash Cams Last Year

Data from The National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDCP) has shown that in the last year evidence from dash cams have led to 1200 prosecutions against motorists.

Further calculations have been made which show NDCP has saved the police around 68,474 hours of collating evidence for dangerous driving charges. The figure also equates to seven years of solid work for a single officer, without a day off.

However, privacy campaigners have stated how these type of prosecutions breeds a culture of suspicion and mistrust with drivers spying on each other.

Before NDCP, each clip of dash cam footage took the police 14 hours to be processed, assessed, witness statements taken and paperwork completed. However, in 2016, North Wales Police discovered dash cam footage could be treated as video from speed cameras and be the sole evidence in prosecuting drivers.

22 police forces now use NDCP.

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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Operation Attention Arrests 18 For Drink & Driving

North Yorkshire Police have reported how their latest fight against drink and drug driving has resulted in higher than expected arrests.

Over the June weekend, 18 arrests were made, comprising of 14 men and 3 women. The crackdown, working under the name of Operation Attention, is to be a month-long campaign to deter and catch people driving under the influence. North Yorkshire Police also made it clear they would be active around the clock for this initiative.

Police are also using intelligence to target known offenders and are also asking the public to call them is they suspect someone of drink or drug driving.

Local emergency services and local authorities are also working together to both educate road users and deter offenders.

Andy Morton, the Roads Policing Sergeant said: “This is an exceptionally high number of arrests, compared to 11 in the same period last year.

“I’m very disappointed at the significant increase in the number of arrests as it demonstrates a blatant lack of regard by individuals for their own safety and that of other road users.”

In light of these figures, Councillor Don Mackenzie stated: “As we have seen from just this weekend, many people still choose to drink and drive.

“Every year in North Yorkshire there are an average of seven people killed and 120 injured in collisions involving a driver impaired by alcohol.

“The message is simple, if you are planning to drink, don’t drive and if you are planning to drive, don’t drink.

“There is no safe limit.

“Colleagues in the 95 Alive partnership including the County Council and City of York Council will be holding public engagement events throughout June and July to remind people how reckless it is to drink and drive and how long it takes to be safe to drive after drinking.

“For example, just one pint of lager or one glass of wine needs at least three hours before driving.

“Stay fit to drive, don’t drink and drive.”

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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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UK Motorists Being Chased For Overseas Driving Offences

Data provided by news firm Thomson Reuters has shown how UK motorists are now being investigated for driving offences committed whilst abroad.

Figures show how in 2017, the UK received 1,903 requests for drivers information in relation to overseas driving offences; an increase of 20% from the previous year.

These requests are likely to be regarding investigations into speeding and drink driving offences.

The data come from Mutual Legal Assistance [“MLA”] requests, a system whereby countries share information about suspected criminal activities across international borders. It is generally used when such information cannot be procured from police forces.

European prosecution authorities have been able to use MLAs since they came into force in 2015, following the EU Cross Border Directive.

Interestingly, the main use of MLAs seems to be in relation to road traffic offences.

With Brexit still lurking, it is unclear whether the UK will still adhere to the system should ties with Europe be cut.

Kevin McCormac, an editor of Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, said: “The use of cross-border information requests has upended the legal risks of speeding abroad – foreign prosecutors can and will hunt you down.

“British drivers can expect no letup as more and more foreign prosecutors make use of the legal frameworks at their disposal.

“It can be tough for British drivers abroad as they are unlikely to know the finer details of local road traffic laws in other countries and, as a result, it can be very easy to be caught out.”

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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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Embassies have Racked Up £119 Million In Unpaid Parking Charges

The Mail Online has reported how embassies and diplomats have run up traffic and parking charges of £119 Million, with the US Embassy topping the lost with an outstanding total of £12.6 Million.

The top 5 international offenders are;

USA – £12.6 Million
Japan – £8.6 Million
Nigeria – £7 Million
Russia – £5.7 Million
China – £5.2 Million
Poland – £4.4 Million

The outstanding monies are generally in relation to congestion charges and parking fines. And the galling thing is how the UK may never see a penny of it.

This international loophole comes directly from the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations whereby diplomats are exempt from paying taxes in the country hosting them.

The agreement, signed by the UK, means the embassies have no legal obligation to pay the charges.

Transport For London [“TfL”] have decided to challenge the situation owing to a massive loss in revenue. To put the figure in perspective, in 2018 TfL made £155.9 Million from congestion charge payments alone. The situation is further heightened as, by law, TfL has to reinvest its revenue back into the London transport infrastructure.

TfL’s general manager for road user charging Paul Cowperthwaite said the company continue to request payment from diplomats.

He said: “We are clear that the congestion charge is a charge for a service and not a tax. This means that foreign diplomats are not exempt from paying it.

“We continue to pursue all unpaid congestion charge fees and related penalty charge notices.”

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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Drivers Could Face A Fines Increase As Councils Handed More Powers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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Former Welsh International Pleads Not Guilty In Court

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

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

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

About Carl Millar

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

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

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

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

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