Spring Bank Holiday Motoring Madness

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The spring bank holiday Whitsun weekend is one of the busiest bank holidays of the year, the weather is getting warmer, and more people are setting off to enjoy the weekend away.

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This means that a lot more people are out travelling on the roads, so what should you be wary of when travelling this weekend? We asked our Head of Motoring Offences, Julie Robertson.

Will More People be on the Road?

Bank holidays are busier times on the roads as people are packing up the car and going on holiday or visiting family. Spring bank holidays are usually a lot busier as the weather is getting warmer, and people want to make the most of it.

A recent Freedom of Information request by Confused.com found that incidents of road rage have trebled in the last 3 years, and 1 in 5 have experienced physical violence as a result of road rage. Being unable to overtake a slow moving caravan or being stuck in traffic for long periods of time can be frustrating when all you want to do is get your holiday started.

It is important to keep calm and remember that, although road rage in its own right isn't an offence, aggressive behaviour towards drivers can lead to public order or assault offences being prosecuted. Furthermore, poor driving can lead to prosecution for offences such as dangerous driving, driving without reasonable consideration or without due care and attention.

Are More People Cycling?

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have reported that the numbers of cyclists being killed or injured rises in the spring and summer months. Lots of people start cycling for leisure as the weather is more pleasant, the evenings are lighter, and more children will be using their bikes. This means that motorists need to be extra careful to watch out for them.

Accidents are commonly caused when motorists fail to spot cyclists that have stopped beside them at a junction, and when people forget to properly look out for bikes when checking mirrors. If you seriously injure a cyclist because you failed to spot them, you could see yourself facing charges or causing serious injury by careless/dangerous driving or, in more serious cases, causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

What about Getting Caught Over the Limit?

Motorists visiting family and going away for the weekend need to be careful checking what they drink if they need to drive home, or if they need to drive the next morning. Drink driving can have devastating consequences not only for other road users, but also for the people in your car.

The Police Federation are currently trying to raise awareness of the need for female drivers to adhere to the law, as the numbers of convictions involving women are continuing to rise. They have also called for a reduction in the legal drink driving threshold, in the hopes that this will reduce the numbers of injuries and deaths from drink driving.

The road safety charity, Brake, highlight that drink driving is still one of the biggest killers on the roads, with 1 in 8 road deaths in the UK being caused when the driver was over the drink drive limit.

Getting caught drink driving could see you facing a period of disqualification, a hefty fine, or even imprisonment if you are found guilty of the offence. A disqualification and conviction can also lead to someone losing their job, the roof over their head and ultimately, their family.

If you find yourself facing a speeding ticket or a motoring offence prosecution, it is important to get the right help. Getting support and advice from a qualified solicitor can make all the difference in whether or not you keep your licence, and stay on the road.




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