Our Personal Injury team at Gotelee Solicitors often deal with life changing cases relating to road accidents such as car accidents or cycling accidents. Some of which could be avoided with a bit more care, attention or education. On the other side of the coin, our Criminal Law team see those charged with a driving offence, such as careless or dangerous driving, sometimes being the cause of such road accidents. So, it is worth highlighting Road Safety Week this week, to raise awareness about road safety to all road users (drivers, bikers and cyclists and pedestrians).
The campaign is global and encourages everyone to take action that might prevent casualties and make roads safer. Campaigners say “It’s all about people working together to promote responsible road use and stop the suffering that results from road crashes, deaths and injuries”.
Last week also marked the 50th anniversary for the first drink drive campaign – many legal changes have happened since the start of the campaign. Disqualification from driving is now a mandatory sentence in the courts following a drink drive conviction. The higher the reading, the longer the disqualification with a minimum of 12 months for the lowest reading. Other legal changes to using the road safely include wearing seatbelts and using hands free and it is without doubt there will be more changes ahead to make the roads a safer place for all users.
If you would like to play your part in making the roads safer, you can access a plethora of tools and resources on the road safety website www.roadsafetyweek.org /tools-resources. You will find information on speed, drink and drug driving, driver distractions and mobile phones, helmets and motorbikes, seatbelts, safe walking and cycling and road safety for children.
See how much you know, try our road safety quiz.
For more information on how our personal injury team can help you or a family member as a victim of a road accident that wasn’t your fault, contact James Davies on 01473 298125. If you have been charged with a driving offence contact Hugh Rowland on 01473 298141.