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Motoring experts have warned motorists that using an Apple Watch while driving could receive a prison sentence for up to two years.
Speed cameras in London are to be upgraded, with motorists being warned to watch their average speed and not just their speed while passing through a camera.
It goes without question that traffic law exists to safeguard against reckless and dangerous driving for the benefit of all. The police generally do a solid job of catching and prosecuting those individuals who breach these regulations and bring them to justice for endangering themselves and others. There are however occasionally extraneous circumstances which lead individuals to commit motoring offences for which they are punished regardless of an absence of intent.
So you think you are 'banged to rights'? Is all the evidence against you watertight? Perhaps you have admitted the offence to the police? Are you just thinking of pleading guilty to get the matter over with?
Motoring offence solicitor Marcus Johnstone recently spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live regarding the thousands of speeding convictions that could be overturned on the M42 motorway after it recently emerged that warning signs did not have official approval and should have not been used to enforce the speed limit.
A Police Community Support officer has asked a court not to ban him after being caught speeding for a fifth time. PCSO Dave Johnson, already has nine points on his licence and could face a driving ban which could cost him his job. Johnson, yesterday before magistrates in Burnley to plead exceptional hardship and try to keep his license. He was caught doing 37mph in a 30mph zone last year. This was the fifth time he had been caught speeding since 2008 and has received three points on his licence on three occasions and completed a speed awareness course on the other. The court heard how, Johnston, covers a rural area of Burnley and any form of ban could have a serious impact his duties. He has also been made aware that there is a possibility he could lose his job if he couldn't transfer to another patch where he did not need to drive. The case was adjourned until May 17 for Johnson to obtain information from his bosses about the impact of a driving ban on his job. Read the full article here
A police officer was caught drink driving on his way to report for duty at a Shetland police station. Jonathan Mustard, admitted drink driving at Lerwick Sheriff Court, after turning up to work after a night out drinking, thinking he would be fit for duty. The court heard that his blood was checked after his supervising officer had suspicions over his fitness to drive. The test revealed he drove with 96 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, just over the legal limit of 80 microgrammes. Defence Solicitor, David Hunter described the case as a 'spectacular error of judgement' on the police constables part before adding that Mustard was aware that it could an end to his career. Mustard was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £400. He has yet to face internal disciplinary procedures. Read the full article here
The Institute of Advanced Motorists is urging drivers to pay attention to vulnerable road users, minimising the chances of what it calls 'Sorry mate, I didn't see you' accidents. According to the motoring charity, the excuse 'Sorry, I didn't see you' is given far too often by drivers who have caused a collision with another road user due to lack of concentration. In its latest survey, it found that drivers failing to look before making a manoeuvre had been a contributory factor in 29 per cent of serious collisions and 36 per cent of slight accidents in the last six months. The study also found that 58 per cent of drivers had been cut-up in the last six months by another road user who didn't look properly. To reduce the chances of more accidents occurring, the Institute of Advanced Motorists are urging drivers to improve their awareness of vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and cyclists, using their mirrors before changing directions, especially in traffic queues and giving cyclists space when overtaking. Read the full article here
According to a survey of 2,900 motorists young motorists, almost half have admitted they make or receive phone calls while driving. Two-fifths of motorists aged between 17 and 25 confessed to the offence that currently carries a fixed penalty notice of £60 and three points on the license. Just over one in 10 young drivers, suggested it is not even dangerous to use a phone while behind the wheel, with one in three saying that changing tracks on an MP3 player does not pose a risk. The North West region, is home to the highest proportion of young risk-takers on the roads, the survey found, with almost one in five stating that is it not dangerous to use a mobile phone while driving. Read the full article here
A court has heard how a police officer driving his patrol car at nearly twice the legal speed limit, without lights or sirens, hit and killed a student in Sheffield City Centre. PC Rodney Craig Mills, was driving back to his station before responding to a non-emergency call when he struck the student in 2010. Sheffield Hallam University, Jamie Haslett, died at the scene from head injuries after being thrown from the bonnet of the patrol car, hitting the windscreen before being thrown 'a considerable distance' into the air. The jury heard how, one second before the collision, PC Mills was travelling at 58mph in a 30mph zone. PC Mills, denies causing death by careless driving. After the collision, PC Mills stopped and an ambulance arrived soon afterwards, but Jamie had suffered severe head injuries and it is likely he died instantly. Nicholas Barker, prosecuting, told Bradford Crown Court, that PC Mills failed to drive with sufficient care and attention in the circumstances, speeding through a built up area. The trial continues. Read the full article here