Category Archives: The judiciary

Dangerous lorry driving is not taken seriously

Last week, HGV driver Joao Lopes was sentenced to four years imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving (and also to 12 months imprisonment, to be served concurrently, for falsification of tachograph data). What is significant is that Lopes will … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous driving, David Hembrow, Drink driving, Driving ban, HGVs, Infrastructure, Road safety, Subjective safety, The judiciary | 16 Comments

Sentencing

Here’s some dashcam footage taken in Southall last year. It’s a shocking incident – so shocking that there were rumours going around on the internet last year that it was faked in an elaborate publicity stunt. It is real. The footage … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous driving, Driving ban, Sentencing, The judiciary | 16 Comments

Dangerous vs. Careless

Martin Porter, who blogs at The Cycling Silk, has recently mentioned the case of Karl Austin, the time-trialling cyclist who was killed on a dual carriageway in Derbyshire in June last year when he was struck from behind by an … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Dangerous driving, Driving ban, Infrastructure, Road safety, Subjective safety, The judiciary | 7 Comments

Helmets in cars, helmets on bicycles

An inquest has recently been held at Worthing Magistrates’ Court into the death of Toby Woolford, a young man from Horsham, who died when his car collided with an HGV on the A27 near Arundel station. Drivers speak of fatal … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets, Horsham, Road safety, The judiciary, The media | 22 Comments

The story of Roderick Chaffin-Laird

Roderick Chaffin-Laird is a man who has just had his ten-year driving ban reduced to seven years, because he has apparently been offered a ‘prospective’ new job, once he is released from prison; a job for which he apparently has … Continue reading

Posted in Drink driving, Driving ban, Horsham, Road safety, The judiciary, Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Should some people ever be allowed to drive again?

People like Robert Freeman, for instance. From the West Sussex County Times (story not online) – Horsham driver jailed for mowing down two soldiers A Horsham man has been jailed after mowing down two off-duty servicemen in his Land Rover. … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Dangerous driving, Drink driving, Driving ban, Road safety, Speeding, The judiciary, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

‘A person of good character’

Travesties of justice aren’t exclusive to the United Kingdom. Elvira Sacirovic couldn’t bear going to court for the sentencing of a P-plater who killed her father while drag racing, out of fear he would walk free – and he did. Raymond … Continue reading

Posted in Road safety, Speeding, The judiciary, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Road safety update

Some ‘road safety’ news from the last few days – In Sussex – A 61-year-old man has sadly died from injuries sustained when he collided with a white Ford Focus on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Chichester, between … Continue reading

Posted in Assault, Dangerous driving, Drink driving, Driving ban, Road safety, Speeding, The judiciary | 4 Comments

An ‘inexperienced’ driver

A commenter, Mark, draws my attention to another story from the ‘any excuse will do’ file. As he says, this one is closer to home – AN INEXPERIENCED driver knocked a cyclist off his bike after a “momentary misjudgement”. Susan Maries, … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Crawley, Dangerous driving, Road safety, The judiciary | 11 Comments

Any excuse will do

There comes news today of the sentencing of Lee Cahill, an eighteen-year-old who killed a man on a bicycle, Rob Jefferies, with his car. Cycling Weekly reports Lee Cahill was driving along the A351 near Wareham, Dorset, on 26 May … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Dangerous driving, Driving ban, Road safety, The judiciary | 9 Comments