Motoring Convictions: The Gift You Would Rather Not Receive
December is the month of more; more alcohol, more gifts, more travelling. It's also the month where more people throw caution to the wind, and take more motoring risks.With Christmas just around the corner, the festivities are getting into full swing – whether that's at home or at work.
And whilst it's the perfect time to loosen up and enjoy yourself, there are issues that surround driving and Christmas, with two key areas that immediately become important; technology and drink-driving
Both can be devastating if you are involved in a motoring accident, or have been served a motoring conviction.
In recent years, the number of electrical gifts we receive for Christmas has increased, and this means more people are using them when driving. The 2015 report by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
has found that 77% of the people surveyed saw a growth in technology as a bigger problem for drivers than it was 3 years ago
So whether it's replying to a text or email, or answering a call when driving, removing concentration from driving puts both you and others in danger.
The festive period is also a time when people are going out and enjoying themselves more; perhaps taking more chances with drink, drugs, and being over the legal limit to drive. In England the legal limit for drivers is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
reported that in 2013 there were 240 deaths on UK roads caused by drunk-drivers. The IAM also found that 95% of drivers surveyed support the necessity for a new law that would require repeat drink-drive offenders to use a device that will not allow their car to start if they have been drinking
– though this has not been put into action yet.
Drunk and drug-driving is never acceptable, and exponentially heightens the risk of accidents when driving.
It may seem like common sense, but there are a few things you can do to prevent accidents happening, and potential motoring convictions occurring:
- Drink in moderation; no more than 4 units for men, and 3 for women – if you can, don't drink at all, or arrange alternative transport
- Be wary of driving the next morning – you could still be over the limit, and no "sobering" rituals will work (cold shower, coffee, etc.)
- It's illegal to drive when you're unfit to do so under the influence of any drugs, legal or illegal; avoid at all costs!
- With electrical items, you should put your phone on silent and in a place you won't be distracted by it.
What Can I Do?
If you've had a motoring conviction and wish to contest it, you should seek legal advice in the first instance; you should always speak to to a specialist motoring offences solicitor.
Julie Robertson, Head of Simpson Millar's Motoring Offences
team, comments:"A drink driving prosecution can be devastating for you and your family, but at Simpson Millar, we make it our priority to give you affordable, transparent, and realistic advice. You should know all of your options so that you are able to make an informed choice about how best to deal with your prosecution."Julie and the Motoring Offences team are on hand to advise you on your current situation and support you, whatever position you may find yourself in.