Met police driver faces criminal investigation after ramming moped – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in news, police, road traffic, road traffic offences, robbery, young offenders by tracey

‘A Metropolitan police driver is under criminal investigation after using a special tactic to deliberately knock a fleeing suspect off a moped, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Dangerous driving, joint criminal enterprise and ex turpi causa defence: is mens rea made out? – Zenith PI

‘In the case of Kelly Wallett (on her own behalf and on behalf of the dependants of Ian Hill (Deceased)) v Vickers [2018] EWHC 3088 (QB) the High Court considered (heard on 14.11.2018) issues of joint criminal enterprise in the context of the ex turpi causadefence.’

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Zenith PI, 26th November 2018

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Bin lorry driver jailed for schoolgirl’s death – The Guardian

‘A bin lorry driver who killed a 14-year-old girl after pulling on to a treacherous main road without looking and hitting a school minibus has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2018

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Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

David Beckham swerves speeding prosecution thanks to loophole – The Independent

Posted September 28th, 2018 in news, prosecutions, road traffic offences, service by tracey

‘David Beckham will not be prosecuted over a speeding charge after the celebrity lawyer dubbed “Mr Loophole” successfully fought the allegation on a technicality.’

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The Independent, 28th September 2018

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Drink-driver caught doing over 140mph on M69 in Leicestershire – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2018 in drunk in charge, fines, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been banned from driving for 24 months after being caught speeding at more than 140mph while over the drink-drive limit.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2018

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Woman awarded £100k after husband’s death mid-divorce – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2018 in damages, divorce, financial provision, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘A woman whose husband was killed in the midst of the pair’s divorce has been awarded more than £100,000 in damages. Cathryn Craven brought a £676,985 claim against driver Terry Davies, who ploughed into Jayson, 48, in June 2014. She had argued there was a chance of reconciliation, while Davies’ lawyers had said the marriage was doomed.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2018

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‘Smoke and mirror’ tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised – The Guardian

‘The “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Crackdown on mobile phones at the wheel has cut number offences by half – Daily Telegraph

‘A crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel has cut the number of offences by half, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2018

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Number of drivers prosecuted for using a mobile phone at the wheel plummets amid ‘decline in traffic officers’ – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2018 in news, police, prosecutions, road traffic offences, statistics, telecommunications by tracey

‘The number of people found guilty of using a mobile phone at the wheel has plummeted, prompting warnings from the RAC that a drop in traffic officers means fewer offenders are being caught.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2018

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Drug-driving cases dropped over forensics – BBC News

‘Around 50 drug-driving prosecutions have been dropped because original test results may have been “manipulated”.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2017

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Killer drivers to receive life sentences in law change – BBC News

‘Drivers who kill someone in the most serious cases of dangerous and careless driving will now face life sentences.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2017

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Petition started to change law over reporting of cat deaths on Britain’s roads – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2017 in animals, news, road traffic offences, roads by sally

‘A woman has started a petition to make it the law to have to report the death of a cat on Britain’s roads.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2017

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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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Mother-of-two jailed for leading police on 120mph car chase – Daily Telegraph

‘A speeding motorist has been jailed after leading police on a car chase where she exceeded 120mph, with the judge branding it as the worst case of dangerous driving he had ever seen.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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Tougher speeding penalties for UK drivers welcomed by motoring groups – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2017 in fines, magistrates, news, penalties, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘The introduction of tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences has been welcomed by motoring groups.
Drivers caught at speeds excessively above legal limits face higher penalties in England and Wales from Monday.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2017

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Changes to fine levels for speeding – Sentencing Council

Posted April 21st, 2017 in fines, press releases, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘New sentencing guidelines for magistrates come into force on 24 April 2017 following their publication earlier this year.’

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Sentencing Council, 20th April 2017

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Driver who threatened Jeremy Vine jailed as police say it should serve as a ‘warning’ to road rage drivers – Daily Telegraph

‘A driver who threatened BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has been jailed as police say it should serve as a “warning” to road rage drivers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2017

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Road Traffic Liability: stick to your own side of the road … and that means cyclists too – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 5th, 2017 in appeals, bicycles, negligence, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘One cold, dull January morning (at about 8am) C and a friend, R, were riding their bicycles on a single carriageway road. They were both overtaking a stationary line of traffic on their nearside. There was an area of the road which had flooded and C cycled onto the opposing carriageway in an attempt to avoid a large puddle. In doing so, he collided with D’s car travelling on the opposite side of road. R had managed to cycle through the puddle and avoided going onto the opposing carriageway.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 4th April 2017

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Fewer prosecutions for death crash drivers – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in charities, homicide, news, police, prosecutions, road traffic offences, statistics by sally

‘Prosecution and conviction rates for drivers who cause fatal road crashes are lower than they were five years ago, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2017

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