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Avoiding Driving Bans Through Responsible Driving

February 08 2019

Accidents whilst driving can sometimes be unavoidable. However, many are caused through a lack of concentration or from irresponsible driving. This is why preventative legislation exists, to reduce the risk of accidents being caused through the irresponsibility of motorists and passengers.

Mobile phone usage

Data from Department for Transport (DfT) suggests that 4% of motorists aged between 17 and 29 were seen using their phones whilst driving. The percentage of all drivers seen with their phone was just over half of this figure (2.1%). Whilst this might not seem like a huge figure, considering the increasing number of motorists on the roads, this will still account for a lot of drivers. Combine this with the increased likelihood of an accident when using a phone whilst driving and the risks become much more worrying.

Alcohol Consumption

According to the RAC, there are calls for the law to be standardised across the UK. In Scotland, the drink-driving limit was lowered to fall in line with other countries in Europe. 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath is their current acceptance rate, which is close to a zero-tolerance policy.

With the lack of breathalyser equipment that officers are supplied with, a zero-tolerance policy might be the only way of reducing the risk of alcohol-related driving offences.

To advise on a recommended legal amount is difficult to quantify, as tolerances depend on variations such as age, gender, height, and weight, amongst other factors.

Driving responsibly, without the use of a mobile phone or under the influence of any intoxicants will not only reduce the likelihood of an accident or collision, but also reduce the likelihood of a driving ban or a fine.

Should this be the case, Grahame Stowe-Bateson are a leading law firm with a proven record of achieving acquittals or withdrawals by the Crown Prosecution Service in cases of driving offences.

Understandably, on the back of a motoring incident your accessibility can be immensely reduced. However, we are conveniently located with offices across Leeds and Harrogate.

To get in touch with us, you can find the contact numbers for our various offices below. Alternatively, visit our contact page for more details.

·        Leeds City Centre - 0113 246 8163

·        Leeds Bramley - 0113 255 8666

·        Leeds Middleton - 0113 276 0044

·        Harrogate - 01423 562121


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