Our roads are quiet due to the current UK Covid-19 lockdown measures. Many vehicles are sitting safely locked up in the garage while people continue to work from home, only undertaking essential travel. Nevertheless, it would appear that drivers are still finding a way to contravene road traffic laws.
Home Secretary Priti Patel recently slammed ‘extraordinary dangerous driving’ during the coronavirus lockdown. Citing drivers using the quiet roads as “personal race tracks”, she said one driver was caught speeding at 134mph on a 40mph zone in London and speeds of up to 151mph have been clocked on the M1 motorway.
Scotland has also seen a number of concerning incidents, prompting Police Scotland to remind motorists of the their responsibilities and urge them to drive safely –
In this appeal, the police highlight a number of incidents encountered over the course of the Easter break. These include:
Drivers should be aware that Police Scotland continue to monitor and patrol the road network, ensuring that those who do need to drive during the lockdown, do so safely and legally.
Speeding offences can quickly turn into dangerous driving if the speed is far enough over the limit, which can lead to a driving ban. Drivers must continue to observe the speed limits in place and avoid falling into the trap of thinking that, just because the roads are quiet, it’s ok to go faster.
While we all have a bit more time on our hands, now may also be a good time to debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding road traffic offences in general. In this blog, we have a look at some of the most common and look to clear them up.
Clearly there is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding road traffic offences. As such, if you have been charged, you should seek expert legal advice right away. At Jones Whyte, our expert road traffic Solicitors will be able explain all of your options and guide you through the process.
Even when you are guilty, there are steps that can be taken to minimise the penalty points imposed or to preserve your licence. In certain circumstances, we may be able to argue that ‘special reasons’ exist not to disqualify you or that disqualification will result in ‘exceptional hardship’. If successful, you will be allowed to keep your licence and stay on the road. For these reasons, it is well worthwhile obtaining expert legal representation in relation to road traffic matters. We are often successful in minimising the number of penalty points imposed and avoiding driving bans.
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