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Driving Without Due Care and Attention

Driving In The Middle Lane? Face a £60 Fine!

The war against the motorist continues! How worrying is it that government statistics show record numbers of people receiving cautions for serious criminal offences and yet the police have just received new powers in the fight to make the world a safer place by being able to issue on the spot fines for motorists hogging the middle lane.

Did somone really spend time wondering how the policing of our great nation could be improved and come up with this?

Whilst we all get irritated by middle lane hoggers, the problem will become one of definition. At what point are you hogging the middle lane? After all, The Highway Code advises that motorists should not change lanes unnecessarily. The decision will become that of the police officer exclusively. Their evidence will not require corroboration by anybody else or for example a speed recording device. The undoubted consequence of this developement is that the number of motorists receiving penalty points for "careless driving" will massively increase.

I have recently seen an increase in motorists obsessively lurching into the inside lane of the motorway, almost inevitably then undertaking a driver in the middle lane. I am to be convinced that this improves motorway safety. It will however markedly increase Government revenue from the motorist. Surely that couldnt have been the motivation behind this increase in police powers...

 
 

 

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Traffic Offense Prosecution

Ridiculous Delays In The Prosecution Of Road Traffic Cases

The Government has overseen a brutal series of cost cutting exercises within the criminal justice system. The sole purpose has been to save money at the expense of justice. Nowhere is this more evident than in road traffic cases.

The Result?

I have just fixed a trial for a client facing prosecution for allegedly driving while impaired through drugs. The issues are straightforward and the trial will take no more than 3 hours. The earliest the court can hear the case is April 2014.

 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 9th, 2013 @ 3:26 PM
Tagged with: Blog Post, Driving without due care and attention, traffic offences, traffic prosecution, TrafficLawyer4U

 
 

 

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Driving without due care and attention-hogging the middle lane on the motorway

A motorist has become the first person to be convicted of driving without due care and attention as a result of hogging the centre lane in the motorway.

It was alleged that the driver of a van drove at 60 mph in the centre lane of the motorway. Other vehicles had to brake and take evasive action in order to avoid colliding with a vehicle.

The motorist failed to attend court and was convicted, in his absence, of driving without due care and attention. This is a classic illustration of where a motorist should have attended court in person. Whilst the offence of driving without due care and attention may have been made out if it was true that a number of motorists had to swerve to avoid him, 5 points on the driving licence  and a fine of £1000 for driving without due care and attention in this type of case is harsh. It may well have been that the motorist was initially offered a fixed penalty which would have amounted to 3 penalty points on the driving licence and a fine of £100.



It is expected that there will be an increase in prosecutions for driving without due care and attention as a result of motorists remaining in the middle lane when the inside lane was free.
 
 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on June 22nd, 2015 @ 09:12 AM
Tagged with: Driving without due care and attention, fixed penalty, hogging the middle lane, magistrates court prosecutions

 
 

 

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