Road Traffic And Motoring Offences
Chadwick Lawrence recognises that the possibility of losing your driving licence is a stressful and potentially life changing event. Our solicitors are a dedicated and expert team who offer a personal service should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of facing road traffic or motoring offence allegation.
We appreciate that motoring offences can have a significant impact on individuals, particularly for those who rely on their vehicles for family and work purposes.
Our team of solicitors provide advice in relation to speeding, careless driving, dangerous driving, drink driving, using a mobile telephone behind the wheel and driving without insurance. Our team can also provide advice and representation in cases where you have “totted up” 12 points on your driving licence and also incidents where death has been caused by dangerous driving.
Whilst sometimes motoring offences may be minor, at other times such accusations can have devastating consequences. If you find yourself in the position of facing such an accusation, our solicitors can provide you with advice on the possible outcomes of your case; as well defending you in court should you face a possible driving ban or disqualification. We recognise that being in this situation is nerve-wracking if you are not familiar with the system and our team of experts will be on hand to guide you through every step of your case.
Penalty Points and Fine to Double for Use of Mobile Phone Whilst Driving
Changes to legislation are expected to be implemented in the first half of 2017 which will see drivers who are caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel receiving six points on their licence and a £200 on the spot fine. Currently, drivers who use their mobile phones are subject to three penalty points and a £100 fine.
For drivers who are within the first two years of passing their driving test, being caught using their mobile phone will see them losing their licence and being made to re-take their driving test.
More experienced drivers who are caught more than once will automatically be required to appear in court and face a £1,000 fine and a minimum six month driving disqualification.
A survey carried out by the RAC last week showed that, of the 1,714 motorists surveyed, almost a third admitted to using their mobile phone behind the wheel, whether that be making a phone call, sending a text message or even using apps while at the wheel. 14% of those surveyed even admitted to taking photos or filming videos whilst driving.
The new sanctions will be imposed alongside a new Government ‘Think!’ campaign with the aim to deter more drivers from using their mobile phone at the wheel and to encourage drivers to take the offence seriously.