Road Safety

Last updated: 01-09-2020

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Road Safety

Alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. 

Driving while unfit through drugs (illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter) is an offence which carries the same penalty as drink driving. If you take medicine for an illness, ask the doctor or chemist about side effects before you  drive. New drug drive legislation came into force in March 2015 which includes 8 prescription drugs and makes it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers.

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Research suggests that if you are using a mobile phone while driving you are four times more likely to be involved in an accident.

Other research has shown that driver’s reaction times are up to 50% slower than normal when driving and using a mobile phone and that your reaction times are 30% worse than when driving under the influence of alcohol.

It is dangerous because a telephone conversation (or texting) distracts from the mental concentration needed to drive safely. You put yourself and other road users in danger.

You’re twice as likely to crash text driving as you are drink driving. You wouldn’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive.

Watch the Department for Transport's Think Campaign video to find out the dangers of texting and driving.

Harsher penalties for texting and driving from March 2017

From 1 March 2017 the law changed, and drivers caught using handheld mobile phones will get a £200 penalty and 6 points on their licence.

A text message can wait. Ignoring the law can have life changing consequences.

Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test, due to lack of driving experience.  Drivers who have passed their test in the last 2 years who acquire 6 points on their licence, will need to re-take their test - further details can be found here.

For pre-driving training - see Drive Start courses under Events.

Visit the website motorcycle rules to find out about the rules for riding a motorcycle.

Always wear a helmet. It could save your life.

To find out more about motorcycle helmets and the law see:

Driving is one of the most dangerous activities you will do in a working day. Up to a third of road accidents involve someone that is at work at the time. Ensuring the safety of people that drive for work is the responsibility of the employer but the driver must also be sure that their vehicle is safe and fit for purpose to remain safe and to stay within the law. See Your Vehicle for advice on what to look out for before driving.

Keeping up to date with modern motoring is essential to remaining safe on the roads. Taking note of an up to date highway code will be essential to understand modern traffic with active traffic management being just one of the things that have adapted the way we drive. With age eyesight may deteriorate and this is where it is essential to get regular eye tests in order to maintain your vision.  Age can also effect ability to judge speed and it is also necessary to check the effects of any medication you may be taking on your driving for your and other road users safety.

For more information about driver independence and the support that is available, please visit our Safer Roads website

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