Wednesday, 5 April 2017

This Dorking road has a very bizarre and unrealistic speed limit

A lane in Surrey has been challenging drivers to keep to a speed limit which seems to defy logic.

On Wotton Drive, in Dorking , people are tasked with driving at eight and three-quarter miles per hour as they approach the entrance to De Vere Wotton House.  The unique speed limit is one of many quirks at at the luxury hotel.

Some believe this quirk is a reference to the world-famous series by JK Rowling, in which young wizards and witches begin their journey to Hogwarts by running through a brick wall between platforms nine and ten - platform 9 3/4.

The management of De Vere Wotton House said the reasons behind the limit was to add a touch of "magic" to guests' visit.

"There is no real logical reason - it's to add a bit of magic, and make visiting the hotel a more interesting experience," said Tracy Montgomerie.

"It's pretty quirky, and there are other surprises around the hotel and grounds for visitors. We had a six million pound refurbishment and wanted to do something different.

“The eight and three-quarters limit is one of those details. The maximum limit on the road with bumps is ten miles an hour, but we didn't want to be too straight-laced.

"It is funny, I don't think anyone can actually do eight and three-quarter miles per hour."

Source: get surrey

Drunk electrician tried to cut down speed camera

An Electrician attempted to cut down a speed camera in Poole with a saw, a court has heard.

Stuart Langley was spotted sawing at the camera in Bournemouth Road by a police officer who was passing in a marked car shortly before 11pm on Wednesday, March 8.

The camera enforces a 30mph speed limit on the hill down into Ashley Cross.

Langley, of Harvest Close in Tilehurst, Reading, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court on Friday to admit a single charge of causing criminal damage to the camera.

Prosecuting, Lee Turner said the police officer saw a red Mercedes van parked on the hill next to the camera.

"As he drives past, he sees a male standing by the speed camera holding a large object against the raised arm of the camera," Mr Turner said.

"It looks like he's sawing."

The man was seen putting something into the van as he was approached by the officer.

"He identifies himself as Mr Langley. The officer believes the defendant is drunk," Mr Turner said.

"The officer inspects the camera and can see saw marks on the metal strut of the camera in the same place he saw the sawing motion taking place.

"[The defendant] was clearly trying to cut down the arm of the camera."

Mitigating, Holly Huxtable said: "The saw used, on Mr Langley's own admission, would not have managed to bring something like this camera down.

"This is a rather silly incident."

She said Langley, 30, had downed whiskey before trying to damage the camera.

"At the time of this offence, he told me he had found out his granddad had passed away," Ms Huxtable said.

"He bought a bottle of whiskey and consumed the whole lot.

"There was no real intention to do significant damage.

"He was drunk and it was a stupid act.

"He doesn't quite know what he was hoping to achieve."

No significant damage was caused to the camera, it was heard.
Sentencing Langley to a 12-month conditional discharge, as well as £105 in costs and fines, presiding magistrate Mike Davis said: "What a stupid thing to be doing under the influence of drink."


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Speeding charges thrown out because 30mph sign was unlit

Two motorists have had their speeding cases thrown out after a court was told that a 30mph sign on the road was not lit up. 
The light n Woodside Road (next to the University of Nottingham) was out on January 30 last year - and more than a year later, it is still not working properly is still without a lighting unit.

The problem was identified by specialist traffic lawyers when they noted a large number of cases coming from that stretch of road.

When two cases were taken to Court on Monday 27th March, the prosecution offered no evidence and the matters were dismissed. The motorists left court with no penalties.

The drivers thought they were in a 40mph limit in January last year. But their vehicles set off cameras because the road has a 30mph restriction.

Solicitor Lucy Whitaker of Pragma Law, who represented one of the drivers, said: "Both were travelling in the dark along Woodside Road from University Boulevard in the direction of Derby Road. University Boulevard is signed as a 40mph limit, and neither had seen the speed limit signs purporting to decrease the speed limit to 30mph as they entered Woodside Road. One of the two signs located on either side of the dual carriageway was unlit. That is in breach of the mandatory requirements. As a result our clients believed the speed limit continued to be 40mph, as it is along University Boulevard."

Her colleague Maria Moore, of Moore Motoring Law, added: "We were both delighted when the prosecution offered no evidence and the cases against each of our clients were dismissed.
"We wonder how many other motorists have been caught speeding in the dark, because of inadequate guidance of the speed limit."

Earlier in the day, two other drivers failed with claims that the road signs were inadequate during daytime when they were caught driving at over 30mph.

After seeing a video of a journey along the road during daylight, the judge said: "For the vigilant and observant driver, it provides adequate guidance. There is no room for confusion over the speed limit."

Source Nottingham Post

Monday, 27 March 2017

Police catch driver doing 108mph on the A38

Police caught a driver speeding at 108mph on the busy A38 (limit is 70mph) during a weekend road safety campaign.

Four other drivers were caught topping 100mph and a total of 109 people were caught breaking the law on Devon roads during the campaign they named Operation No Excuse.

The  'fatal five' driving misdemeanours that drivers were caught doing were as follows
  • 25 for using a phone at the wheel
  • 25 for not wearing a seatbelt
  • 53 for speeding
  • 4 for careless driving
  • 2 arrests for drug driving.
additionally 23 were reported or cautioned for less serious offences including driving without insurance or a licence; not having a valid MOT; and running a red light.
One driver was stopped for careless driving in the city centre and given a Section 59 warning, meaning his vehicle will be seized if he commits another similar offence.

A taxi in a "dangerous condition" was removed from the road and had its licence suspended.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Driver caught doing 108mph on M20

The Kent police tweeted that a driver has been caught doing 108mph on the M20 between junction 8 for Leeds and junction 9 for Ashford at 9.55am. The speed limit on the stretch is 70mph.

Kent Police RPU tweeted a picture of the offence report

The driver received a Traffic Offence Report, and will be informed what action will be taken against them in due course.  It means they could be prosecuted, receive a fixed penalty or be required to attend an education course.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Here”s why motorists could be hit by £2,500 fines from next month

The maximum penalty for speeding is currently £1,000 but is set to rocket by a massive 150%.
From April 24 offenders can be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.

The change comes as the number of speeding offences has soared greatly by 44% in the last five years.

Harsher punishments have been put in place to ensure the fine matches “the seriousness of offending”.

The new system will see fines split into three categories.

Band A
Offences where motorists are clocked travelling up to 10mph over the stated speed limit. These people will be fined 25-75% of their earnings.

Band B
Drivers going 11mph to 21mph over the limit, will get a fine between 75 per cent and 125 per cent of weekly income

Band C
Those caught going 21mph and over. Maximum fine of up to 175% of your weekly wage

The Sentencing Council, which determines the punishments for UK lawbreakers, said fines are being increased to ensure that there is a “clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.

First time speeders can avoid the rising fines by taking a speed awareness course.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Call for drink-drive limit to be cut

councils and fire authorities have urged that the legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales in order to cut alcohol-related accidents. A lower limit would also save £300 million a year by reducing the number of 999 responses and hospital admissions

The request is for the current limit of 80mg to be lowered to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
The Scottish Government reduced its legal limit for drivers to 50mg in December 2014 and Northern Ireland will also soon drop its limit to the same level, and even lower for professional and learner drivers.

The LGA said it was estimated that lowering the limit in England and Wales could save up to 170 lives in the first year, rising to more than 300 lives in the sixth year.

New provisional government figures show that reported "serious" drink-drive accidents between 2014 and 2015 in Great Britain had risen from 880 to 980, an increase of 11 per cent, while total reported drink-drive accidents had increased by 2 per cent from 5,620 to 5,740.

The same figures showed the number of people seriously injured in reported drink-drive accidents between 2014 and 2015 had risen from 1,070 to 1,170, an increase of 9 per cent, while the total number of drink-drive casualties had increased by 3 per cent from 8,210 to 8,480.

The organisations said England and Wales had one of the highest drink-drive limits in the world and the highest in Europe, with the exception of Malta, which has also announced plans to lower its limit to 50mg.

Simon Blackburn, chairman of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "England and Wales will soon have the highest drink-drive limit in Europe, which is not sending the right message to motorists and safety campaigners.

"Latest figures show that alcohol has contributed to a rise in both the number of road accidents and those injured in the UK.

"The Government should be leading by example by toughening up drink-drive laws in line with other European countries which will make roads safer and save lives. In Scotland alone, adopting a lower alcohol limit has led to a significant fall in fatal road accidents.

"A lower alcohol limit would help to deter motorists from drinking at all before getting behind the wheel and encourage them to have 'none for the road'."