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Speeding Penalties Increase

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Do not speed, the penalties have just gone up and even worse it’s more likely that you will be disqualified! Today the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for speeding offences. Even though they cannot be used by the Courts until 24 April...

West Yorkshire Police Shooting: Man Dies near M62 after Police Operation

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A police firearm was discharged at about 18:00 on Monday 2 January 2017 near Huddersfield during a pre planned policing operation surrounding an Audi Vehicle, taking the life of an unknown male. Five people have been arrested in relation to this operation,...

Greater Manchester Police Shut Down the Humorous Home Alone Burglary Warning

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Police have been forced to stamp out rumours that the Home Alone burglars Harry and Marv are targeting houses. Those who recall the classic Christmas movie will be familiar with the fate of the two men after falling victim to traps set by a little Kevin....

Concerns over level of road traffic offences among students

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Concerns have been raised about the number of university students who admit to flouting the laws of the road. According to a survey conducted by Ford, a significant proportion of those studying for a degree confess to using their phones at the wheel,...

Police constable convicted of drink driving offence

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A police officer who previously spearheaded an alcohol awareness campaign has lost his licence after being caught driving while over the legal limit. PC Matthew Hall had drunk two cans of beer before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. The 42-year-old...

Enforcement of mobile phone laws falls sharply

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The number of motorists who are being caught using a mobile phone while driving has fallen by half in the space of the last five years. In 2011-12, a total of 178,000 people were pulled over by police. Last year, by comparison, just 95,000 were caught...

Secretary of State confirms mobile phone penalties will rise

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Motorists who use their mobile phones at the wheel are to face much tougher penalties, the Government has announced. Changes to current laws, set to take effect next year, will mean that drivers convicted of making calls or texting will receive six penalty...

Increasing number of drivers unaware of mobile phone driving laws

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A growing number of drivers are failing to recognise the laws around the use of mobile phones while driving, a report says. According to figures obtained by RAC, 31 per cent of motorists said they used a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared to just 8...

Boy racer jailed for two years following four-car pileup

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A 24-year-old in Bingley, Bradford, has been jailed for two years for causing a four-car pileup which injured his own brother. Qaiser Aziz was reportedly overtaking and weaving in and out of traffic at speeds estimated to be around 90mph, after picking up...

Prosecutors admit that pursuing "drink drive" case would not be in the public interest

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A bizarre attempt to prosecute a man using 19th century drink-driving legislation has failed. Sixty-two-year-old Michael Green had staged a protest at his local McDonald’s restaurant after he attempted to go through the drive-thru on a mobility...

Top policeman supports changes to drink drive laws

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A senior police officer this month called for a comprehensive review of the drink drive limit across England and Wales. Tim Madgwick, who is the Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, has argued that cutting the limit could save lives and also...

Lorry driver convicted of causing womans death

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A motorist who caused a fatal collision only moments after checking a text message at the wheel has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Lorry driver Danny Warby had crashed his vehicle into an off-duty policewoman’s vehicle. Det Con...

Drink driving figures made public

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Police are charging an increasing number of older motorists with drink-driving offences, although younger people remain the most likely to break the law. New statistics, from the Department for Transport, have revealed that 3,000 drivers over the age of 60...

RAC warns addictive new app could increase risk of road crashes

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The arrival of a popular new app on UK shores has raised concerns about a possible increase in the number of drivers using their phones at the wheel. Pokemon Go has proven a sensation since the game became available to download last week. The popularity of...

Clear majority support tougher sentences in road death cases

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An overwhelming majority of people who took part in a recent survey believe that drivers who cause a fatal crash while under the influence of drink or drugs should face manslaughter charges, a new survey suggests. Nine out of ten of those who were...

Coroner finds that failures at the Royal Derby hospital contributed to death of patient

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Following the Inquest into the death of Ricky Hill the Coroner has today returned a narrative conclusion in which he found that a number of failings in care and management of Ricky by staff at the Royal Derby Hospital contributed to his death. Ricky Hill, a...

Drop in full time road police officers is concerning, says RAC

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The number of police officers patrolling the roads of West Yorkshire full time fell by 91 in 2014-15 – the biggest drop in the country. The RAC said it is “dismayed” that the drop in numbers is reflected in 30 of 42 regions in England and...

Summer drink and drug driving campaign Its not worth the risk warn police

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Police in West Yorkshire have urged people not to take the risk as part of a national summer drink and drug driving campaign. They are reminding local people that over the past five years, there have been 45 fatalities on the county’s roads involving...

Study leads to calls for a ban on hands-free sets

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Motorists who use hands-free equipment in their vehicle are at the same risk of getting distracted as someone holding a mobile phone, a new study has suggested. The team of researchers at the University of Sussex has found that the conversations can lead to...

Driver to pursue judicial review following driving ban

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A motorist who lost his licence after falling foul of Scotland’s drink-drive laws is planning to launch a legal challenge against the ban applying across the UK. Charity boss Ashley Medicks was found to be just over the limit after being stopped and...

Drug driving charges more than doubled last year

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The number of motorists who have been charged with drug-driving has soared following changes in the law last year. New legislation was introduced in March 2015 which added a number of over-the-counter medicines to the list of banned substances and sought...

Survey suggests mobile phone problem is growing

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  Efforts to crack down on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel have been unsuccessful, a recent survey has suggested. The RAC polled more than 2,000 motorists and found that almost two thirds of those questioned had seen at least one driver...

Are teenagers receiving undue criticism for drink-driving?

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Women in their 30s and 40s are far more likely to break drink-driving laws than teenagers, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed. Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) shed light on the profile of those who had...

Warning to drivers trying to capture accidents on camera

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A man has become the latest motorist to be prosecuted for filming the scene of a road traffic accident as he drove by. Lawrence Maravilla has admitted a charge of not being in a position to have proper control of the vehicle. Ipswich Magistrates Court...

Committee claim cutbacks could shape road traffic stats

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A dramatic reduction in the number of road traffic offences being recorded nationwide may not in fact be a consequence of improving driving standards, MPs have suggested. The Transport Select Committee has indicated that cuts in police budgets could have...

Report offers suggestions to improve road safety

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Alcohol is the single biggest cause of impairment for motorists, according to research published this week. The Fit to Drive report was produced using data collated by Leeds University and University College London and examined the factors which are most...

Man caught over the limit while in town for drink-drive course

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A Leeds man was arrested for drink-driving shortly after finishing an alcohol awareness session. Louis Goodison had completed the first day of the course in the seaside town of Scarborough, with the aim of reducing the length of an earlier suspension. But...

Survey exposes dangers of the early morning drive

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A new survey has suggested that too many motorists risk driving the morning after a heavy night of drinking, despite the risk that they may still be over the limit. The research  revealed that almost one in ten drivers are taking the chance once a...

Alcohol Health Alliance calls for a review of drink drive limit

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An influential coalition of doctors and health experts has urged the House of Lords to support legislation to reduce the drink-drive limit across the entire UK. The group believe that there are compelling arguments to bring the laws of England, Wales and...

Custodial sentence for motorist following late-night crash

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A drink-driver has been jailed after crashed his father’s car into an elderly woman’s home in Leeds. The city’s Crown Court heard that the vehicle had ploughed through the kitchen wall of the Beeston property in the early hours of July...

Fears young men have failed to heed drink-drive warnings

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Young men in their 20s are still the drivers most likely to disregard drink-driving laws, new statistics suggest. Road safety charity Brake has analysed the figures and found that those in this group remain the most “prolific” offenders, despite...

Police get ready for latest drink drive campaign

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West Yorkshire Police once again plans to “name and shame” motorists as part of its Christmas drink-drive campaign. Throughout December, the force will be posting details on social media of everyone who has been charged on suspicion of exceeding...

Mobile phone prosecutions in sharp decline

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The RAC has raised concerns that the number of court cases being brought against drivers using mobile phones at the wheel has halved in the space of five years. Figures compiled by the breakdown firm revealed that the number of prosecutions fell by 47 per...

Driver jailed after speeding through residential area of Leeds

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A motorist who endangered young children by attempting to escape police in a residential area has been jailed. Jordan Rothera had been spotted by police driving down North Parkway, Leeds, on April 16th this year. One of the officers was aware that the...

Jail for driver whose actions put others at risk.

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A motorist ploughed into a pub wall and then struck three other vehicles as he attempted to get away from police, a court heard this month. Craig Anderson, 29, has been handed a 14 month prison sentence after admitting dangerous driving Leeds Crown Court...

Ridiculous drink-drive case dropped

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A Yorkshire woman who was charged with drink driving after moving her car 8ft in her own front garden was this month informed that the case had been thrown out. Scarborough Magistrates had previously been told that Angela Myers feared that council workers...

Change to drink drive laws hasnt increased the number of offences

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A reduction in Scotland’s drink-drive limit at the tail end of last year had almost no impact at all on the number of drivers breaking the law. Police Scotland last week released figures for the first three months of 2015, which revealed that there...

Police defend revenue raised from road traffic offences

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One local police force has raised around £1million from speeding drivers. The figures for North Yorkshire Police were revealed during an audit of accounts ordered by the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Critics have previously accused...

Man banned following unbelievably dangerous driving

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A man has been banned from getting back behind the wheel after police caught him speeding down a dual carriageway at more than 150mph. Jason Barnard was travelling along the A46 in Lincolnshire when officers clocked him doing more than twice the legal speed...

Man led police on high-speed chase after failing breath test

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A driver who led police on an 80mph chase around Yorkshire roads has been jailed for 12 months. Shaun Vaile, 34, of Horbury, was also banned from getting back behind the wheel for two years. Leeds Crown Court heard that Vaile had been stopped on the Denby...

New calls to toughen up drink drive laws

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Road safety charity Brake has reiterated calls for a zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving, after figures revealed that too many motorists were still breaking the law. Government statistics released last week show that 240 people were killed by drivers...

Call for review of road traffic laws following 11 year olds death

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The family of a Leeds schoolboy who was killed by a tractor have made an impassioned plea for the Government to change road traffic laws. Gary Green was reversing the tractor and slurry trailer at Swithens Farm, Rothwell, when he struck Harry Whitlam, aged...

Road safety charity warns that distractions have devastating consequences

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A driver was recently caught on camera eating her breakfast as she drove through rush hour traffic. The motorist had stopped at a red light in Bromley, London and was spotted with a bowl of cereal by an astonished motorcyclist. At one stage the woman had...

Calls for new laws in response to rising road casualties

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Road safety charity Brake has called for a raft of changes to road traffic laws. Addressing MPs, the charity’s chief executive Julie Townsend reiterated calls for a reduced drink drive limit and made the case for 20mph speed limits being introduced in...

Pregnant woman convicted of drink driving

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A heavily pregnant woman was caught drink-driving a day before she was due to give birth. Brooke Burton, 26, was stopped by officers as she drove through Uckfield, East Sussex on June 4. A Sussex Police spokesman said: “[She] revealed that she was...

Police Federation blames government cuts for fall in the number of arrests

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A fall in the number of people being arrested for drink and drug-driving offences is the result of cuts in policing, the West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Nick Smart, chairman of the federation’s regional branch, said that there were 1000...

Driver consumed 10 pints of beer before driving while twice over the legal limit

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Wayne Daglish, a provisional driving licence holder, has been banned from driving after being caught behind the driver’s seat of his friend’s car while being twice over the legal drink-driving limit. Mr Daglish reportedly drank eight to 10 pints...

Driver is first in the country to be convicted for lane-hogging

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A driver who was recently convicted for staying in the middle lane of the motorway, while travelling on the M62 in West Yorkshire, is said to be the first person to have been convicted for the offence, under careless driving laws. According to West...

Tougher punishments expected as drivers fail to take notice of mobile phone laws

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Fines imposed on drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel are set to double, it has been revealed. Under plans being drafted by civil servants, those who break the law can expect to receive a £200 on-the-spot penalty. The fine was previously...

Special reasons allow our client to keep his driving licence

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Lester Morrill’s Philip Goldberg has successfully argued for a motorist charged with drink-driving to be allowed to keep his licence. The defendant had returned to his vehicle knowing he was over the legal limit and had not intended to drive. ...

Philip Goldberg saves a client from a 104mph driving ban at Northallerton Magistrates Court

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There are very few people who cannot fail to be inconvenienced by a driving ban, however long. For most of us inconvenience is an understatement, it can have a devastating impact on work and our personal lives, in some cases to such an extent that we could...

Police press for changes to drink-drive laws

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A police body has urged Westminster MPs to follow Scotland’s lead and reduce the drink-driving limit across England and Wales. The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, would support bringing the limit down to 50mg of alcohol in...

Drink drive teenager crashed car into couples home

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A teenager has pleaded guilty to crashing his father’s top-of-the-line sports car into a house while more than twice over the drink-drive limit. Harry Bishop, 19, from Birmingham, caused substantial damage when his dad’s Audi R8 had careered...

Young woman jailed following drunken hit-and-run

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A drink-driver who knocked over a pedestrian and left him lying in the road has been handed a six-month prison sentence. Court heard that William Roach had been thrown into the air as he walked home from a house party in the early hours of March 28th. He...

Row deepens over appropriate drink-driving punishments

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Debate over how best to reform drink-driving laws looks set to continue, following concerns that recent changes in Scotland were “too harsh”. Road safety campaigners had welcomed the new legal limit introduced north of the border (50mg of...

Dehydration has same impact on road safety as drink-driving

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Drivers who are dehydrated make as many mistakes as those under the influence of alcohol, new research suggests. Scientists from Loughborough University have examined the effect that not drinking enough water has on motorists and found that people who drank...

Highways England defends increase in motorway speeding fines

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A marked increase in the number of “stealth cameras” being installed on UK motorways has led to a 25 per cent rise in the number of drivers being fined for speeding. Figures published by The Times over the weekend show that at least 112,000...

Driver with child in the car clocked doing more than 140mph

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Police have released shocking footage of a driver doing speeds of up to 140mph on the motorway, with a six-year-old boy in the passenger seat. Mert Tanay, 26, had overtaken an unmarked police car at around 90mph, before increasing his speed still further as...

500,000 drivers continue to ignore mobile phone warnings

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More than half a million motorists still use their mobile at the wheel each day, according to alarming new research. The continuing number of people breaking the law is in spite of a number of high-profile campaigns attempting to raise awareness of the...

Yorkshire driver who has 28 penalty points but no licence

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A Leeds man has notched up a staggering 28 penalty points – for a raft of road traffic offences – despite not even having a licence. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that the driver has accumulated the points by repeatedly breaking...

England urges to reform unacceptable drink driving laws

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Cutting the drink drive limit by almost half would save hundreds of lives and millions of pounds of public money, fire chiefs have claimed. Brigades believe that England should impose similar laws to those introduced in Scotland last year, which would...

Survey sheds light on mobile phone offences

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Drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel are more likely to be texting or browsing the internet than actually making calls, new research suggests. The Department for Transport has been analysing cases of motorists being spotted using mobiles while...

Britains most serious speeding offences are revealed

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A motorist has been caught exceeding the speed limit by almost 100mph in what is believed to be one of the most extreme offences of its kind to be brought to court. The Porsche driver was clocked doing 128mph in a 30mph zone by police in East...

Clock counts down to new drug driving laws

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There was a fresh warning over the weekend that motorists who take high levels of over-the-counter medicines could be caught out by tough new drug-driving laws. Under new legislation, which will come into force next month, police officers will be allowed to...

Drivers concerned by mobile phone detection technology

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A new gadget – designed to deter drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel – is being piloted in East Anglia. Norfolk County Council, working in partnership with police officers and a well-known road safety group, devised a signal detector...

Warning over implications of new drug-driving laws

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Motorists who take copious amounts of over-the-counter medicines could be stripped of their licence under tough new drug-driving laws. The new regime, which comes into force next month, will introduce limits on levels of certain drugs in a driver’s...

Dad slapped with speeding fine was taking his daughter to hospital

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A father who was snapped by a speed camera while driving his daughter to hospital plans to take his case to court. Michael Clapham was caught doing 36mph in a 30mph zone in West Park, Leeds last November. The authorities sent a £100 penalty notice and...

Concern about the next generation of stealth speed cameras

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A new type of state-of-the-art speed camera could mean thousands more motorists getting slapped with fines. The new generation of “smart” cameras was first introduced on a section of the M25 in Kent and within two months of being installed,...

Vicar spared driving ban after arguing exceptional hardship

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An elderly vicar, who had admitted speeding for the fourth time in as many years, has managed to keep his licence. In May last year, Reverend Tudor Rowlands was caught doing 40mph in a 30mph zone. Having already racked up nine points on his licence, from...

High-profile campaign leads to fall in drink-driving offences

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Police have hailed a campaign to tackle drink-driving over the Christmas period, after figures revealed that arrests over the festive season fell by almost a quarter. In December, 149 individuals across the county were found to be over the limit. This is...

Court throws out speeding case, opening the door for further appeals

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A driver who was accused of speeding past a primary school has won his court battle, after successfully arguing that road markings were the wrong distance apart. David Erasmus had been taken to court, after authorities alleged he was doing 36mph in a 30mph...

Women in West Yorkshire far less likely to be given a breath test than men

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Over 80 per cent of drivers asked to take a breathalyser test were male, according to figures from West Yorkshire Police. The statistics, made available following a Freedom of Information request, showed that women in the region were up to five times less...

Force launches its festive drink drive campaign

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West Yorkshire Police has launched its pre-Christmas drink drive crackdown, warning drivers not to endanger themselves or others. “It’s not worth the risk” is the message behind this year’s campaign, which aims to dissuade people...

Survey reveals UKs drink driving hotspots

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A tiny town in the middle of Wales, with a population of just over 5000, has been named the drink drive capital of the UK. Llandrindod Wells, in Powys, has replaced Aberdeen as the location with the highest proportion of drivers flouting the law – in...

Report on mobile phone offences to be published next year

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that a report, considering new ways to stop people using mobile phones at the wheel, will be published in the New Year. The minister, who this month met with a group of people whose lives have been devastated...

Leeds suburbs identified as bad driving hotspots

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Drivers from one of Leeds’ most affluent neighbourhoods have been revealed as some of the worst motorists in the Yorkshire and Humber area. Last year, those living in LS17 – which includes the leafy suburbs of Harewood and Alwoodley –...

Campaigns credited with helping change attitudes to drink driving

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Half a century of hard-hitting drink drive campaigns has dramatically altered public attitudes to the offence, according to a recent survey. This month marks the 50th anniversary since the very first public information film, warning motorists about the...

Unfit drivers to be targeted by police to reduce road accidents

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Controversial proposals are being made to make the roads safer in Scotland, which will see drivers deemed ‘unfit’ targeted by police.  This will include potentially banning people from driving if they are considered to be too old, or...

Concern about the number of drivers breaking the law on country roads

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Statistics released by the Department for Transport highlight just how dangerous rural roads can be for complacent drivers. Figures show that 1070 people were killed in collisions on country lanes last year, compared to 100 who lost their lives on the...

Hundreds of drivers from abroad escape speeding fines

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More than 700 drivers from overseas have escaped speeding fines in Yorkshire, because their vehicles were not registered with the DVLA. Research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed there are a rising number of cases where the authorities are...

Concern over number of under 18s convicted of drink driving offences

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An average of a 1000 people under 18 are being convicted of drink driving each year, according to “shocking” new statistics. More worrying still, a quarter of the 6500 offenders caught since 2008 have been under the age of 16. The youngest...

Rise in number of crashes caused by drivers using mobile phones

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A record number of road accidents are being caused by motorists who are making calls or texting at the wheel, new figures have revealed. The number of collisions where mobile phones were a contributory factor has increased by 21 per cent in the space of...

Increasing number of motorists flout motorway speed limits

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Almost half of all drivers ignore speed limits on motorways, according to official figures. In 2013, the Department for Transport found that 47 per cent of cars were doing over 70mph. Edmund King, President of the AA, warned that while plans to raise the...

Women drink drivers double in the past 15 years

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The number of women being convicted of drink-driving has almost doubled since the late 90s, a new report has revealed. The study found that while men were still far more likely to drive while over the limit, the number of women breaking the law had...

Cricket star spared driving ban after arguing exceptional hardship

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Former England cricket captain Freddie Flintoff has escaped a driving ban, after court accepted the argument that losing his licence would cause “exceptional hardship.” Flintoff, 36, had been caught speeding along the M6, near Linstock, in...

Motorists who photographed caravan crash will be prosecuted

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Drivers who take photos of road traffic collisions could be hauled before the courts, police have warned. Last month, Gloucestershire Police announced they would be prosecuting four motorists who took pictures of a motorway crash on their mobile phones. ...

Alarming new drug driving statistics revealed

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Almost a million Britons will have taken drugs before getting behind the wheel at some point in the past 12 months, new research suggests. The survey by the road safety charity Brake and the Direct Line insurance company shows there is an ongoing problem...

Tougher drink drive rules are planned

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Just one pint could put drivers over the drink drive limit under tough new rules being considered by the Government.  The more rigorous controls on drink driving, which came to light this week, would bring Britain in line with many other European...

Too many still ignore drink drive warnings

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One in every 15 drivers breath-tested during a recent crackdown on drink driving was over the legal limit, according to alarming new figures. In June, 63, 688 were given a breath test and 4108 failed, suggesting that despite a number of high-profile...

Crash drivers will be forced to hand over their phones

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Police are to seize the phone of every driver involved in a crash and will check to see if they were using the phone in the moments before the collision.  The advice to check phones after every smash was issued by Chief Constable Suzette Davenport,...

Plans to close road traffic offence loophole

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New rules would allow police across the EU to pursue traffic offences against drivers whose vehicles were registered in another member state. The European Commission is hoping to close a current loophole in the law, which means that non-residents drivers...

Six points for using your mobile phone at the wheel

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A ‘two-strikes and you’re out’ policy could be rolled out for drivers who are caught using their mobile phones. The Government is considering whether motorists who make and take calls at the wheel should receive six points on their...

Woman 85 convicted of drink driving

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An 85-year-old who has just been handed a one year ban from the roads is believed to have become Britain’s oldest female drink driver.  Pensioner Betty Teague, from Shoreham in Sussex, was stopped by police officers on April 12, after she was...

Solicitors win the argument in road traffic case

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A HEAVY goods driver represented by Lester Morrill Solicitors has been acquitted of driving over the limit, after the courts accepted he was not driving in a public place.  The case had arisen after the man had parked in a designated truck stop during...

Excessive Speed Leads to Custodial Sentence and Ban

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that a motorist caught speeding with young children in the back of the car, has received a custodial sentence, along with a driving ban. The motorist was caught by officers conducted roadside speed checks on the A1 in...

First Month of Summer Drink-Drive Campaigns Prove Successful

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The start of June saw many police forces launch their summer drink-drive campaigns, which coincide with both the World Cup in Brazil, and the BBQ season – with drivers more likely to drive home after having a few drinks with their friends or whilst...

Drivers Believe They Wont be Stopped

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Previously released figures revealed that during 2012, less than 95,000 fixed penalty notices were handed to motorists, who were caught using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. Now, a survey of 1,500 drivers has found that more than half believe it is...

Firm Facing Tachograph Offence Charges

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Earlier this month (June), it was reported that a haulage firm from Lincolnshire had appeared in-front of the magistrates courts, facing in excess of 90 counts of tachograph offences. According to the reports, the firm are facing 97 counts of aiding,...

Latest Drink-Drive Campaign Sees Arrests

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This month (June) has not only seen the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil; but also the launch of North Yorkshire Police’s latest drink and drug crackdown – which is aimed primarily at younger drivers. With the World Cup seeing games kick...

Drivers Fined After Being Caught By Cameras

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Figures recently published have revealed that motorists within the UK are paying a combined £135 million a year, due to being caught committing road traffic offences, by cameras in box junctions and bus lanes. According to the latest figures, there...