Consultation to give police greater confidence to pursue suspects – Home Office

‘The Home Office is today launching a consultation to help tackle motorcycle-related crime by providing police officers with better legal protection.’

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Home Office, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Moped crime: New rules to protect police pursuit drivers – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in careless driving, dangerous driving, motorcycles, news, police by sally

‘Police drivers will have more legal protection if they are involved in a crash, in a bid to tackle criminals on mopeds, as part of Home Office plans.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2018

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Lorry driver sentenced for peer’s mobility scooter death – BBC News

‘A lorry driver has been given a 24-week suspended jail sentence for knocking a Labour peer off his mobility scooter and killing him.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2018

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Lorry drivers jailed for fatal crash on motorway – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 26th, 2018 in careless driving, dangerous driving, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Two lorry drivers have been jailed after they caused a motorway crash which killed eight people travelling in a minibus.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

M1 death crash lorry driver David Wagstaff cleared of charge – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2018 in careless driving, dangerous driving, news by tracey

‘A second lorry driver involved in a crash on the M1 that killed eight people has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving. David Wagstaff had previously admitted eight counts of the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving. Wagstaff, 54, was on a hands-free call when his lorry forced a minibus under a stationary lorry in lane one.
The driver of the other lorry involved, Ryszard Masierak, 31, was convicted on Tuesday of dangerous driving charges.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2018

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Megan Bannister: Men discovered with dead schoolgirl in car jailed and branded ‘callous and morally repugnant’ by judge – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2017 in careless driving, drug abuse, drug offences, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Two men have been jailed for what a judge called the “callous and morally repugnant” roles they played in supplying a schoolgirl with MDMA shortly before her death.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2017

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Criminal: General defences – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In R v Riddell [2017] EWCA Crim 413 the court confirmed that self-defence can potentially be a defence to allegations of both dangerous and careless driving. Even though dangerous driving does not inherently involve the use of force, there may be a need for responsive force in particular circumstances. The availability of the defence will depend on the force used in the driving in those circumstances. The court observed that it would be wrong for self-defence to be available when driving off to avoid injury but unavailable to nudge someone away when fearing violence.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Police chase laws to be reviewed amid fears officers are unable to tackle moped-riding criminals – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2017 in careless driving, dangerous driving, motorcycles, news, police, road traffic offences by sally

‘Police chase laws are to be reviewed by the Government amid fears that officers are unable to effectively pursue and apprehend moped-riding criminals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2017

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Rugby player jailed for killing girlfriend in drink-drive crash – despite her family’s plea for leniency – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 25th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, careless driving, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A rugby player who killed his girlfriend in a drink-drive car accident after being distracted by a “kiss” has been jailed for two years – despite her family’s plea for leniency.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hungarian convict who mowed down two girls in New Year hit-and-run jailed for four years – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2017 in careless driving, guilty pleas, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A convicted criminal from Hungary who killed two little girls in a hit and run last New Year’s Eve and then tried to cover up the crime, has been jailed for just four years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th June 2017

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Driver cleared over cyclist’s death after crowdfunded case – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2017 in bicycles, careless driving, news, private prosecutions by tracey

‘A woman accused of knocking down and killing a cyclist has been cleared of careless driving following a crowdfunded private prosecution.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2017

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Jaguar ad ‘encouraged unsafe driving’ rules watchdog – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2017 in advertising, careless driving, media, news, telecommunications, transport by tracey

‘An advertorial article published in the Guardian about a new Jaguar car has been rebuked by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fines for using mobile phone while driving to double – The Independent

Posted February 28th, 2017 in careless driving, consultations, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel face tougher penalties from Wednesday.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Driver cleared over fatal Nissan Qashqai crash – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2017 in careless driving, dangerous driving, homicide, news by tracey

‘A driver who told a court her Nissan Qashqai “took off” and sped out control before hitting a pedestrian has been cleared of causing a fatal crash.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2017

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Pedestrian v Car: RTA Case Summary – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 30th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, careless driving, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The driver of a car, who was not distracted and was driving at only 20mph, was negligent in failing to see a pedestrian who, in drink, walked out into the road in front of her car.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th January 2017

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Pedestrian -v- car : RTA case summary – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 26th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, careless driving, negligence, news by tracey

‘Wooldridge v George (2017) QBD (Judge Walden-Smith) 23/01/2017. The driver of a car, who was not distracted and was driving at only 20mph, was negligent in failing to see a pedestrian who, in drink, walked out into the road in front of her car.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th January 2017

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 5th, 2016 in careless driving, consultations, dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

‘The government recognises that there is public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Mother is spared jail as judge says looking after her five-year-old daughter left paralysed by crash is ‘a greater punishment than any court could impose’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A mother who killed a great-gradmother and left her own five-year-old daughter paralysed in a head-on horror crash has escaped jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2016

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Motorists face £5,000 fine for driving too close to cyclists in road safety push – The Independent

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in bicycles, careless driving, fines, news by sally

‘On-the-spot fines of up to £5,000 could be handed out to careless motorists who drive too close to cyclists, under new government proposals.’

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The Independent, 2nd June 2016

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Leicester ‘cannabis mum’ guilty of killing daughter in crash – BBC News

‘A mother who smoked cannabis before killing her daughter and her son’s girlfriend in a car crash has been found guilty of causing their deaths.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk