The police christmas drink driving clampdown is now gathering pace.
So keen are they to arrest drinkl drivers that the police will now pay £1000 to anybody who reports a drink driver. What concerns me most about this is that the offer only relates to a motoring offence. No such offer is made to people who report crimes of violence or child abuse , theft or drug dealing. One cant help but conclude that the police would rather lock up motorists rather than people who commit the most serious crimes
That would explain why most criminal courts are deserted and the traffic prosecution courts are heaving with the weight of police prosecutions for motoring offences.
Posted by: Robert Bimpson on December 5th, 2013 @ 4:10 PM
The war against the motorist continues with the rolling out of two new types of speed camera across large areas of the country. You may recall a year or so ago press articles proclaiming the end of the speed camera. In some areas such as Wiltshire traffic enforcement cameras could be seen covered up and out of service.
Unfortunately predictions of the speed cameras demise were premature.
Truvelo D Cam Speed Camera
The first new traffic enforcement camera to be used is the Truvelo D Cam camera. This is far smaller and much less visible than the older generation speed cameras. The real problem for the motorist is that it does not flash soyou have no idea youve been photographed. The device does not need film and so can never run out. This means that it will never be out of service, massively increasing the cameras ability to catch the errant motorist.
ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2 Speed Camera
The second device which has many of the above characteristics is the ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2. This even has the ability to catch motorcycles and is designed to enforce a whole range of motoring offences, not just speeding. Drive carefully.
Posted by: Robert Bimpson on October 8th, 2013 @ 4:42 PM
Tagged with: speed cameras, speeding offenses
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.
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.
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
France Drop Speed Camera Offenses For The Day
Today looks like being a good day for motorists in France. The French Police are so fed up with Francois Hollande that for today only they are not going to enforce the law when it comes to speeding motorists. I'm not quite sure how the French logic links the Prime Minister with speeding offences, but I am sure that it will provide a welcome respite for the beleagured motorists.
It also provides an excellent opportunity to see what impact this will have upon road safety. One assumes that if there is no increase in road traffic accidents then speed camera enforcement is not there to make the roads safer. But simply to generate Government revenue.
Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 9th, 2013 @ 11:38 AM
Tagged with: Blog Post, speed cameras, speeding offenses, TrafficLawyer4U
What New Laws Could Reduce Cyclist/Motorist Accidents?
I have spent the last 24 years defending a whole range of people facing criminal prosecution for virtually every known offence. One area that still never fails to touch me is a fatal accident involving a motorist and a cylist/pedestrian or any other road user. In my opinion criminal law has lost sight of the fact that in the majority of these cases are ACCIDENTS.
These cases almost always involve a perfectly normal, respectable person driving to work and colliding with another on foot or bike doing the exact same thing. The fact is that human beings are fallible, we all make mistakes and people caught up in fatal road collisions never mean to hurt anyone.
In an instant, people's lives are changed and sometimes destroyed.
New Plans To Reduce Accidents
The key to reducing these fatal accidents is the education of all road users. New plans to be implemented will soon make it obligatory for trucks to have a mirror fitted to the nearside to enable the driver to see a cyclist between the truck and the pavement. Failure to have one will result in a fine. Lets go one step further. Why not impose an on the spot fine for cyclists who ride on the inside of a truck when it is indicating to turn right? The combination of both of these would reduce road deaths.
Add to that the compulsory wearing of high visibility clothing for all cyclists on the highway and I am convinced that fatal accidents involving cyclists would significantly fall.
Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 6th, 2013 @ 2:21 PM
Tagged with: Blog Post, cyclist fatalities, motorist cyclist accidents