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Stay hydrated to avoid road traffic accidents

Recent research from Loughborough University has confirmed that mildly dehydrated motorists make as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit for alcohol and more than twice as many mistakes as those who were properly hydrated.

Motorists who drunk as little as 25 ML of water an hour  whilst driving , apparently made as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit. The conclusion is that whilst drinking when impired through drugs or over the legal drink drive alcohol limit increases the risk of accidents there is an unrecognised danger caused by drivers who are not properly hydrated.

There are many cases where people who are not impaired to drive through drink or drugs but are involved in road traffic accidents and face proceedings for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. Very often these driver errors will be as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration or brief error of judgement. The experts suggest that lack of proper hydration could be behind these failures to maintain proper levels of concentration.


The NHS recommends that women should drink about 1.6 L of fluid per day and men  2 L per day as average. This does not take account of particular demands upon the body for extra fluids by, e.g. strenuous physical exercise.

A series of tests carried out did confirm that people who were not properly hydrated were more likely to lose concentration whilst driving, resulting in late breaking, failure to notice hazards ahead and drifting across the centre white line.
 
 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on April 20th, 2015 @ 09:04 AM
Tagged with: careless driving, dangerous driving, drink driving, impairment to drive, lack of hydration

 
 

 

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Statutory removal of the right to a blood test in drink driving cases

There has been a significant change in the law regarding the provision of blood samples in drink-driving charges.

As from 10 April 2015, as a result of section 52(a) of The Deregulation Act 2015, the statutory option to have a breath specimen replaced by blood or urine has been removed.



The statutory option is provided by section 81 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which states that out to the two specimens of breath provided, it is the one with the lower proportion of alcohol in the breath that is used.The breath specimen with the highest alcohol reading  is discarded.

The Road Traffic Act also provides that if the lower specimen of breath has an alcohol reading of no more than 50, then the person has the right to elect to have that specimen replaced with a sample of blood or urine. If the person then provides such a specimen, neither breath specimen is used and the reading of the blood or urine test is used. That was commonly known as the "statutory option".

The Deregulation Act, as from 10 April 2015 removes the option for individuals to opt for a replacement blood or urine specimen and means that the evidential breath test at the police station is now the primary means of testing.

In cases where a person is unable through medical reasons to provide a breath specimen or the intoxilyser machine does not provide accurate readings, the option of a blood or urine specimen remains.
 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on April 17th, 2015 @ 11:08 AM
Tagged with: blood specime, changes in the law, drink driving cases, statutory option, urine specimen

 
 

 

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M6 motorway speed cameras

Motorists on the M6 motorway should be aware that speed cameras are in operation at junction 17 in Sandbach, Cheshire.  

 A temporary speed limit has been imposed due to roadworks. There has to be an issue with either the visibility of the cameras or the speed limit signs showing the commencement of the 50mph zone.

On March 9th in the course of one morning the motorway police tweeted that 1600 speeding offences had been recorded by the speed cameras.

That is a lot of people who more than likely were not aware of the temporary speed limit.  Enquiries are under way with the Highways Agency to establish the speed limit signage. 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on March 11st, 2015 @ 09:18 AM
Tagged with: M6 speed cameras, motorway speed cameras, motorway speeding offences, speeding

 
 

 

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Drug drive law changes and drugalysers come into force

The number of police prosecutions for driving while impaired through drugs is about to massively increase.

 

The new drug driving rules run alongside the existing law which makes it a criminal offence to drive whilst impaired through any drug.  It does not have to be an illegal drug but can even include over the counter strong pain killers , sleeping tablets and cold remedies.

 

The new drug driving laws specically set out drugs such as codeine and diazepam which are to be targeted by the police.  It is not a motoring offence to drive whilst these drugs are in your system.  `The offence is committed if your ability to drive is caused by the influence of the drug'.

 

The real impact of the new rules is that the police will now be able to perform a roadside test using a drugalyser which will instantly tell the police officer what drugs are in the drivers system.

 The penalties for drug driving are a minimum one year driving ban together with a fine , community order or even prison sentences in the most serious cases. 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on March 4th, 2015 @ 5:40 PM
Tagged with: drug driving, drugalysers, new drug driving laws

 
 

 

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Road accidents involving cyclists

Further evidence is published demonstrating the need for cyclists to be treated as other road users.  They should have to pass a test of competance, wear a safety helmet and make sure they are visible at all times to the drivers of other vehicles.

Over the last four years over 23000 accidents were reported in London involving cyclists.  The vast majority involved a collision with either a van or goods vehicle.

 

A recent study found that cyclists often did not take essentiel safety precautions such as wearing helmets or having lights on after dark.  For how long is this madness going to be allowed to continue especially as the police will almost always try to pin the blame on the motorist in the event of a fatal road traffic accident.  It is my firm view that cyclists must be held responsible for the safety of themselves and other drivers just like all other motorists.  A significant step towards this would be the introduction of compulsory testing and safety wear.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on February 26th, 2015 @ 12:28 AM
Tagged with: Fatal road traffic accidents involving cyclists

 
 

 

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