Newly qualified drivers may face ban on non-family passengers – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in careless driving, driving licences, news, road safety, young persons by sally

“Newly qualified drivers could be restricted from carrying non-family members under proposals being considered by the government to cut the number of road accidents involving teenagers.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2012


Children, Seatbelts and Parental Duties: strap up or pay up? – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2012 in children, news, parental responsibility, road safety by sally

“It has long been accepted that a failure to wear a seatbelt will affect proportion of damages that a Claimant can receive for an accident, if that failure caused or contributed to his injury. This new case from April 2012 applies the same reasoning to the use of child seats and the apportionment of liability.”

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd October 2012


Mother found negligent for child’s injuries after using wrong car seat – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 27th, 2012 in accidents, damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, road safety by tracey

“A mother who put her three-year-old daughter in a car booster seat has been found partly responsible for her crippling car crash injuries by the High Court because it was the wrong seat for her age.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2012


Firefighter Mark Rutland wins seatbelt court battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2012 in costs, fines, news, police, road safety by sally

“A fireman was cleared of not wearing a seatbelt after he said a policewoman told him she had to book him because she had targets to hit.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2012


Drug-driving law could be toughened – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2012 in drug offences, news, road safety by tracey

“The government is assembling a panel of experts to look at introducing a law against taking drugs and driving, and to assess the means of testing and the possible legal limits for motorists.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011


Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted December 9th, 2011 in footpaths, injunctions, law reports, road safety, roads by tracey

Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council: [2011] EWCA Civ 1514;  [2011] WLR (D)  357

“A highway authority had power under section 66(2) of the Highways Act 1980, but not under section 80, to erect posts so as to prevent vehicular access to a frontager’s forecourt in order to safeguard users of the highway. If the highway authority exercised that power the frontager would become entitled to compensation under section 66(8) of the 1980 Act.”

WLR Daily, 7th December 2011


Riders, Horses and Cars – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in horses, negligence, news, road safety by sally

“Distinct from the situation of loose horses straying on to the road is the case where a horse with a rider comes into contact with traffic. This will sometimes lead to the rider either suing the driver or the driver suing the rider and with a subsequent counter claim.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2011


Cumbria school bus crash deaths ‘accidental’ – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2011 in accidents, inquests, news, road safety by tracey

“The deaths of two schoolchildren in a crash in Cumbria could have been avoided if they had been wearing seatbelts, a coroner has said.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2011


Injured motorist sues Highways Agency over black ice – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 10th, 2009 in news, personal injuries, road safety by sally

“A motorist who spent two days on a life support machine after crashing on black ice is suing the Highways Agency for failing to grit the road properly.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2009


Seatbelt dodgers face tougher penalties – Home Office

Posted July 1st, 2009 in fines, press releases, road safety by sally

“Motorists caught without a seatbelt will now face on-the-spot fines of £60.”

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Home Office, 29th June 2009


Fines for not wearing a seatbelt double – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2009 in fines, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

“Fines for not wearing a seatbelt have been doubled to £60 after the Home Office admitted the previous penalty was not acting as a sufficient deterrent.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2009


Police using Google Street View-style cars to spy on motorists – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2009 in news, police, road safety by sally

“Police are resorting to vehicles resembling Google’s Street View cars to catch motorists breaking the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2009


Outrage at ruling on helmets for cyclists – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2009 in bicycles, news, road safety by sally

“Britain’s cyclists reacted in uproar yesterday to a High Court ruling that they can be blamed for their injuries if they don’t wear a helmet – even if the accident itself was caused by someone else.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2009


Rural speed limits may be reduced to 50mph – The Independent

Posted March 9th, 2009 in news, road safety by sally

“Speed limits on most single-carriageway roads in rural areas could be cut from 60mph to 50mph under a Government plan to cut the number of deaths in car accidents.”

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The Independent, 9th March 2009


Novice drivers face a ban for one speeding offence – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2008 in news, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

“Novice drivers could face an automatic ban after a single speeding offence, and would have to retake their tests, under proposals for a tightening of road safety laws.”

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The Times, 21st November 2008


MPs demand action on road deaths – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2008 in news, road safety by sally

“Lower speed limits and a tougher enforcement of drink-driving laws are needed to cut the number of road deaths, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2008


Father given suspended sentence after daughter’s quad bike death – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2008 in homicide, news, road safety, sentencing by sally

“The father of a seven-year-old girl killed in a head-on collision while riding a quad bike was today given a nine-month suspended jail term after admitting his daughter’s manslaughter.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2008


Crackdown on those who don’t use seatbelts

Posted September 16th, 2008 in consultations, news, penalties, road safety by sally

“The Home Office has launched a consultation into increasing the fixed penalty for those who fail to wear a seatbelt.”

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Home Office, 15th September 2008


Road Safety Act 2006: Implementation of Sections 20 and 21 – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 19th, 2008 in circulars, news, road safety by sally

“A circular providing an overview of the new offences of causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving when unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured, which will be implemented on 18 August 2008.”

Circular 2008/03: Road Safety Act 2006: Implementation of Sections 20 and 21 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 18th August 2008


Road safety: Impose total alcohol ban for teenage drivers, says chief medical officer – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in alcohol abuse, news, road safety by sally

“A zero drink-driving limit should be imposed on all drivers under 20, the chief medical officer recommended yesterday, saying that such a ban would save lives.”

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The Guardian, 15th july 2008