Solicitors Warn Motorists of Increased Risk of Prosecution.
Motorists are now more likely to be prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving unless they change their ways. Senior Partner Tim Bishop said, “Following a public consultation the Crown Prosecution Service issued, just days before Christmas, new guidelines as to what could constitute careless or dangerous driving. The revised policy sets out examples of what is likely to be regarded as dangerous driving including:
- Racing or competitive driving;
- Disregarding warnings from fellow passengers;
- Reading a newspaper/map;
- Aggressive driving, such as sudden lane changes, cutting into a line of vehicles, or driving much too close to the vehicle in front;
There is also a recommendation that the offence of careless driving could include:
- Driving inappropriately close to another vehicle;
- Tuning a car radio;
- Selecting and lighting a cigarette or similar where the driver was avoidably distracted by that use.”
Commenting on the new guidelines the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald said "The revised policy also responds to public concern about the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone and this means that a charge of dangerous driving will now be the starting point for this offence, where there is clear evidence that danger has been caused by its use."
Tim Bishop continued “it seems quite clear that motorists are now at a significantly higher risk of getting points on their licences and/or disqualification from driving .We strongly recommend that all drivers take further care and as far as possible avoid doing anything else at the same time as actually driving”.
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