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Have you been stopped by the police, been given a fixed penalty notice or received a summons for an allegation of contravening a traffic signal?
At Just Motor Law we are here to provide you with the right advice, applying our expertise to your situation.
Being accused of going through a red light, or contravening double white lines, is becoming a common offence and it is therefore important you ask yourself the question whether you did in fact commit this offence.
The offence is detected by the alleged observations of a police officer and/or by means of camera equipment. As with any equipment, errors can occur and people can make genuine mistakes. Let our team of experts look into your case to see what they can do for you.
So what does the law actually say?
Traffic signs or devices provide warnings and/or information on roads. There are rules and regulations in place to ensure the safety of road users and if these regulations are contravened then you could find yourself being prosecuted for an offence.
The usual types of traffic signals, where the police often allege are contravened are:
Traffic Lights (red light)
Road Signs (give way, no entry)
Road Markings (single or double white lines)
What are the penalties?
3 points endorsed on your driving licence or the Magistrates have the discretion to disqualify you from driving for up to 56 days depending on the seriousness of the offence.
A fine of up to £1000
If you are a new driver and already have 3 points on your licence then your licence would be revoked and you would have to retake your test. Retaking your test is a costly exercise. You may also need extra lessons before you felt comfortable putting in for it again.
If you already have 9 or more points on your licence then you will tot up to 12 points and the Magistrates will consider disqualifying you from driving for a minimum of 6 months unless there are special reasons not to impose the points or a disqualification would cause exceptional hardship. If either of these arguments are applicable then we can ask then court not to ban you even if you are convicted of the offence.
Contravening a traffic signal could even open you up to allegations of careless or dangerous driving if it impacts upon your driving ability to a sufficient extent. This means that contravening a traffic signal in circumstances that led to the quality of your driving falling far below that expected by a reasonable and competent driver, could carry a sentence of imprisonment!
If you need and want to protect your driving licence then let our experts help you fight the case at every stage!
At Just Motor Law we pride ourselves on contesting each case with the greatest tenacity, with the aim of you being found not guilty or coming out with the lightest sentence in all of the circumstances.
How can we help?
We will evaluate the circumstances surrounding your particular case and scrutinise the procedures the police have followed with the aim of establishing a defence and SAVING YOUR DRIVING LICENCE. Don’t just accept it – defend it!
Remember, there is always something that we can do to help and with Just Motor Law you will not face this stressful and complex situation alone.
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