Surviving a Bank Holiday on the Roads
Surviving a Bank Holiday weekend on the roads can be a tricky task, even if you've planned ahead. With the extra free time, more cars will be on the road - this brings increased pressure for drivers and with that, a greater likelihood of motoring offences occurring.
Stay Focussed on the Roads
On long haul journeys it can be hard to stay focussed, especially if there are other people, like small children, in the car. A lack of concentration can, in some instances, lead to speeding or improper use of signals when on the motorway. Both of these actions are considered motoring offences
and can risk your life and the lives of other road users. Speeding on the motorway
now carries a £2,500 penalty or a discretionary disqualification. This is a heavy penalty to pay for a long weekend away. It also carries between 3 and 6 penalty points in the event that a disqualification is not imposed.
Lack of concentration on the road is also related to not getting enough sleep the night before. Making regular stops, getting fresh air and a quick nap in at a service station can make all the difference to boost your concentration levels and keep everyone safe.
Mobile Phones Behind the Wheel
Another form of distraction on the roads which can cause major pile ups, especially on the motorway, is the use of electronic devices
, such as mobile phones and sat navs. The AA polled 18,000 of its members and found that 106 had crashed and 548 had experienced a near miss due to distractions from other people, sat navs, radios and mobile phones. Department of Transport figures show that mobile phones in particular were the highest risk in car distractions related to high death rates.
The law takes using your mobile phone behind the wheel very seriously
. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will start by charging a driver with dangerous driving in the event that a road traffic accident occurs or where the standard of driving has been seriously compromised. More often than not, driving whilst using your mobile phone will carry a penalty of 3 points and a fine, but dangerous driving can attract a minimum 12-month disqualification, an extended driving test and a prison sentence.
Even if you are in stand still motorway traffic, it's important to remember that these laws still apply.
The penalties for falling foul of the rules of the road are serious and can extend well beyond one long Bank Holiday weekend, seriously impacting on your livelihood. If you are prosecuted for a road traffic offence and there are mitigating circumstances that you know of that may help your case, you should discuss them immediately with a solicitor.
Our Motoring Offences department have a transparent fee structure
, we also offer an hourly rate for those that just want some advice on where they stand. Don't wait until the last minute to contact us, early intervention is the best kind and we can get to work on your case straight away. As we offer free initial advice you have nothing to lose by contacting us.