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The differences between death by dangerous and death by careless driving

On Monday a family paid tribute to a mother killed in a collision after an HGV driver completed an overtaking manoeuvre in icy conditions, lost control of his vehicle and skidded across the road. The lorry collided head-on with a car travelling in the opposite direction on the A1 in …

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Imminent Increase in Penalty Points and Fines

Very shortly we should hear from the government about its intention to increase the number of penalty points and the fixed penalty notice levels for mobile phone offences. In the meantime comes more research showing that the public reckons increasing the severity of the penalty will make very little difference. …


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Above Average Speed Camera Results

Say it quietly, but there’s evidence that average speed cameras manage to be both effective and not solely targeted at motorists’ wallets. Since the millennium the use of Speed Check Services (SPECS) cameras has crept up as their installation costs has fallen. Old fixed cameras are also coming to the …


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Illegal Drivers Pointlessly Endorsed With Penalty Points

Nearly 70,000 drivers across the country are currently holding penalty points despite not having a licence, according to new figures. This pointless state of affairs emerged in a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, which led to the agency revealing there were 69,353 potentially dangerous unlicensed drivers that have …


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Jail for Dangerous Driver After Sleep Apnoea Causes Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up

Sleep apnoea and driving is back in the news after a court case in Warwickshire last week that highlighted the horrors of ignoring the symptoms. Trucker Martin Gibson was given a 15-month prison sentence after his artic ploughed into the back of a van on the A46 near Stratford upon …


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Motorists Unaware of Prescription Drugs Laws

We’ve highlighted before how drug-driving arrests have soared since the law changed in March 2015, but latest figures show it’s prescription drugs that most people admit they are taking. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that during 2015, 2,090 motorists were charged with drug driving, an increase …


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Speeding Lie Leads to Jail Term

Police have warned motorists not to be fooled by anyone promising they can make speeding fines disappear for a fee, after a graduate was jailed for perverting the course of justice. We’ll assume they weren’t referring to legitimate lawyers with a cast iron defence, but that wasn’t what Ayesha Ahmed …


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8 Points for Tailgating Case Dismissed

Is endorsing a driving licence with eight points for tailgating manifestly excessive? The Sheriff appeal court in Scotland thinks not and anyone who has been subjected to this course of driving will no doubt cheer the outcome. In December 2014, Mark McInally was driving on the M90 and very close …


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Using a mobile phone at the wheel: Too distracted to care

A perception that using a mobile phone at the wheel is OK means that the offence is now rife on the roads, according to the RAC. As many as 95% of motorists say they regularly see others doing it in standstill traffic, with 64% claiming they saw at least one …


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Missing: Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines

It’s been more than a year since new drug driving legislation came into force and yet it seems courts still have no guidelines for sentencing offenders. That’s apparently the claim of a solicitor in a recent case at Worcester Magistrates, who was quoted complaining that magistrates are instead relying on …


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