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Speeding fines on M60 Motorway

More than 3000 fixed penalty speeding tickets totalling £300,000 have been issued only M-60 motorway through the roadworks.

Motorists were caught out by average speed cameras on a 17 mile stretch of motorway which were activated in February. The speed cameras had been dormant for the previous five months as there had been an ongoing row about the legality of the cameras.

Since greater Manchester police activated the speed cameras which enforce the temporary 50 mile an hour speed limit, over 3000 fixed penalty notices have been served. In one week, 995 motorists face a prosecution for speeding.

The 50 mile per  hour average speed cameras were put in place in November 2014 on the M60 from Junction 8 at Stretford through to junction 20 on the M62 at Rochdale.

This speed camera system is part of the new  smart motorway project which is due to be finalised by autumn 2017. This will introduce approximately 200 new electronic speed signs which will warn drivers of the changes in the mandatory speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on April 22nd, 2015 @ 3:08 PM
Tagged with: m60 motorway, smart motorway cameras, speed camers, speeding tickets









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Stay hydrated to avoid road traffic accidents

Recent research from Loughborough University has confirmed that mildly dehydrated motorists make as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit for alcohol and more than twice as many mistakes as those who were properly hydrated.

Motorists who drunk as little as 25 ML of water an hour  whilst driving , apparently made as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit. The conclusion is that whilst drinking when impired through drugs or over the legal drink drive alcohol limit increases the risk of accidents there is an unrecognised danger caused by drivers who are not properly hydrated.

There are many cases where people who are not impaired to drive through drink or drugs but are involved in road traffic accidents and face proceedings for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. Very often these driver errors will be as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration or brief error of judgement. The experts suggest that lack of proper hydration could be behind these failures to maintain proper levels of concentration.

The NHS recommends that women should drink about 1.6 L of fluid per day and men  2 L per day as average. This does not take account of particular demands upon the body for extra fluids by, e.g. strenuous physical exercise.

A series of tests carried out did confirm that people who were not properly hydrated were more likely to lose concentration whilst driving, resulting in late breaking, failure to notice hazards ahead and drifting across the centre white line.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on April 20th, 2015 @ 09:04 AM
Tagged with: careless driving, dangerous driving, drink driving, impairment to drive, lack of hydration



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Statutory removal of the right to a blood test in drink driving cases

There has been a significant change in the law regarding the provision of blood samples in drink-driving charges.

As from 10 April 2015, as a result of section 52(a) of The Deregulation Act 2015, the statutory option to have a breath specimen replaced by blood or urine has been removed.

The statutory option is provided by section 81 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which states that out to the two specimens of breath provided, it is the one with the lower proportion of alcohol in the breath that is used.The breath specimen with the highest alcohol reading  is discarded.

The Road Traffic Act also provides that if the lower specimen of breath has an alcohol reading of no more than 50, then the person has the right to elect to have that specimen replaced with a sample of blood or urine. If the person then provides such a specimen, neither breath specimen is used and the reading of the blood or urine test is used. That was commonly known as the "statutory option".

The Deregulation Act, as from 10 April 2015 removes the option for individuals to opt for a replacement blood or urine specimen and means that the evidential breath test at the police station is now the primary means of testing.

In cases where a person is unable through medical reasons to provide a breath specimen or the intoxilyser machine does not provide accurate readings, the option of a blood or urine specimen remains.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on April 17th, 2015 @ 11:08 AM
Tagged with: blood specime, changes in the law, drink driving cases, statutory option, urine specimen



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