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Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving - Bail Time

For some time now , defence lawyers have been concerned about the length of time that people arrested upon suspicion of a criminal offence have been kept on police bail.

In prosecutions for causing death by careless/dangerous driving a suspect can often be on police bail for around a year. This is largely due to police cutbacks , meaning that the police lack the man power with which to efficiently carry out criminal investigations. The effect of this is that a police suspect can be left in limbo not knowing whether or not they will face a criminal prosecution. This can put a person under an intolerable level of strain and anxiety. Further more it may mean that a person charged with an offence has less chance of successfully defending the case if, for example, people’s memories have faded or defence witnesses are not contactable.

 

Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving - Police Bail Powers

Although the courts do have the power to halt cases as an abuse of process due to inexcusable delay, this is a power that is very rarely used.

 

Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving Prosecution Extension

New proposals in the criminal law will mean that after a certain period of police bail has passed , the police will have to apply to the Magistrates court for an extension. One would like to think that Magistrates would refuse to extend the police bail time if there was no good reason for the delay.

 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 17th, 2014 @ 2:41 PM
Tagged with: magistrates permission to extend police bail, police bail, police delay, proposed changes to police bail

 
 

 

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Women convicted for drink driving increase

Government statistics released today indicate that the number of women being convicted of driving with excess alcohol is rising year on year.

Women Breathalyser and Blood Test

No official theories have been put forward for this increase in Women being convicted for drink driving.

It is, however, a medical fact that a woman’s liver is smaller than a mans. This means that if a man and a woman both consume an equal amount of alcohol, the woman’s alcohol would be higher. As the female liver is smaller, it processes the alcohol more slowly and so the concentration of alcohol in the blood rises higher and also increases the likelihood of a failed roadside Breathalyser.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 10th, 2014 @ 08:57 AM
Tagged with: women convicted of drink drivink, womens alcohol level

 
 

 

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The first conviction for driving with excess alcohol.

On September 10th  1897 Mr George Smith became the first person to be convicted of drink driving. Whist driving his taxi he crashed into a building.

Background

There were no breathalysers or blood tests in those days. Police officers only knew that Mr Smith was drunk because he acted drunk and because he said he was, but what they lacked was a scientific way to prove someone was too intoxicated to drive, even if he wouldn't admit it.  There would have simply been a decision made by a police officer that Smith was drunk and that was final. He pleaded guilty and was fined 25 Shillings.

Until subsequent legislation was brought in to force there was no power to impose a driving ban.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 10th, 2014 @ 08:50 AM
Tagged with: earliest case of driving with excess alcohol, first conviction for drink driving

 
 

 

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