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Government Introducing Fixed Penalties For Careless Driving

The new Government proposal to introduce a fixed penalty of £100 for careless driving is believed to improve driving behaviour.

 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents believe that it will not only teach drivers a lesson, but it will remind them that their negligent driving behaviour puts people’s lives at risk.

 

The new plans are designed to save police time too, by making it easier to enforce stricter careless driving laws and discourage negative driving behaviour on the road.

 

However, it is important that a fine line is seen between serious careless driving offences and minor, less serious cases, so the fine can be imposed accordingly.

 

3 points are also to be issued to drivers on their driver’s license who are accused of careless driving in the future.

 

But offenders are likely to face higher penalties in court depending on how serious the offence is.

 

In addition to all of this, existing fixed fines for common motoring offences such as using a mobile device whilst driving and not wearing a seatbelt will gradually rise, to as high as £100.

 

If you have been given a fixed penalty for careless driving but want to challenge it call us on 01623 600645 and we can advise you how to challenge it in court.

Police Officer Found Guilty of Careless Driving

A Greater Manchester Police officer was found guilty of careless driving after a crash resulting in five people being injured, one severely.

 

The Police officer, Daniel Aimson, was given an absolute discharge at Preston Crown Court after an investigation found he was driving at 73mph in a 30mph zone. Aimson was convicted by a jury even though the 31 year old denied careless driving.

 

Judge Robert Altham granted the PC an absolute discharge referring to ”special reasons” for this.

 

The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by the Greater Manchester Police, which then carried out an investigation into the collision, finding that the PC was driving a marked police vehicle along King Street, Leigh when it happened.

 

The watchdog spotted a car travelling in the opposite direction, with the driver also travelling without wearing a seat belt.

 

The IPCC said he turned his vehicle around with the intention of stopping the car, accelerating to a speed of 73mph.

 

His actions were described as a ”shocking error” as he slowed to 64mph going through traffic lights which were on red suddenly causing him to crash into two vehicles and one to collide with a third.

One man’s injuries required surgery while the other four victims involved in the crash received minor injuries.

Primary School Children in Dangerous Driving Protest

Things have been taken to a new level when it comes to raising awareness of dangerous driving in London.

 

Road safety charity, Brake organised a Giant Walking Bus which involved more than 120 Primary School children showing determination, brandishing banners whilst marching through Enfield Town.

 

Determined, the large group of children paraded through the town, setting off from Enfield Library heading towards the Dugdale centre.

 

They weren’t alone with the purpose of the walk, as it was backed strongly by Enfield Council, who fully support the work of Brake.

 

The council described themselves as ”utterly committed” when it comes to road safety.

 

The council say they support Brake’s aim of trying to reduce the number of accidents occurring on our roads, but also in encouraging people to start using different forms of transport more often, like biking and walking.

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