Category Archives: The judiciary

Lethal drivers

On the 21st of November last year, Matthew Bailey, a 22-year-old scaffolder from Gosport, headed out into town for some drinks with friends. A few hours later, returning home, he was struck and killed instantly by a car as he … Continue reading

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‘Careless’ driving

From the Daily Mail – A ‘callous’ barmaid hatched a cover story with her uninsured boyfriend to ‘save their own skins’ moments after he killed a cyclist in her car. Lauren Mellish, 22, was in the vehicle with Alex Dexter, … Continue reading

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Acceptable and proportionate

The video below – taken from an episode of BBC’s Traffic Cops, aired on Thursday 14th July – shows the aftermath of a road traffic accident. On a 60 mph stretch of the A6 north of Bedford, a car turned … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous driving, Department for Transport, Road safety, The judiciary, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Exceptional hardship

A hat tip is due to cyclegaz, who runs the blog Don’t Phone and Drive, for bringing this to my attention. He writes that Reuben Hazell, who plays for Shrewsbury Town FC, was caught driving whilst using his mobile phone. … Continue reading

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The sick farce of concurrent driving bans

The story of the police officer who, sent flying through the air by the driver of a stolen car, immediately got to his feet to pursue and arrest said driver, has made the national news this week. The police officer, … Continue reading

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Are some motoring fines so low they actually encourage law-breaking?

If you manage to get caught travelling at anything up to 50 mph in a 30 mph area by a speed camera, you will, most typically, receive a fixed penalty of £60. However, if you decide to make your number … Continue reading

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Michael Isherwood – another cyclist death, another scandalous sentence

Let us imagine the case of a train driver who fell asleep at the controls of his train. Let us further imagine, as a result of being asleep, he fails to stop at a red signal, causing an accident which … Continue reading

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Drink driver Donald Clegg, and his sleepwalking defence

An incredible story, in every sense of the word – A doctor who caused a pile-up while over the alcohol limit walked free from court yesterday after claiming he was ‘sleep-driving’. GP Donald Clegg, who drank up to eight pints a … Continue reading

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David Howard – a lunatic driver who will be back on Horsham’s roads as soon as he is released from prison

From the Sussex Police website – David Howard, 46, from Meadowside Park, Lingfield, Surrey appeared before Guildford Crown Court on Thursday 9 June charged with one count of burglary and one count of dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty and was … Continue reading

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Cyclist fatalities due to left-turning lorries

Paula Jurek, a 20-year-old student from Poland, was crushed to death by a left-turning lorry at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way on the 5th of April this year. The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous driving, London, Road safety, The judiciary | 6 Comments