Motoring offences

Wilson Nesbitt launch a new Belfast Office Suite and Client Meeting Hub

Wilson Nesbitt launch a new Belfast Office Suite and Client Meeting Hub

Wilson Nesbitt is pleased to announce the opening of a new office suite and client meeting hub at 36 Alfred Street, Belfast. The office suite provides a substantial increase in... Read more

PSNI gearing up for summer drink driving crackdown

By Gary Adair The Police Service of Northern Ireland have released new figures indicating that over 1,400 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving so far in 2019.... Read more

How to begin a road traffic accident compensation claim

By Gary Adair What to expect from your meeting with a Wilson Nesbitt road traffic accident claims solicitor Initially the process for making a claim for compensation may seem a little overwhelming,... Read more

Would you know what to do if you were involved in a road traffic accident?

By Gary Adair Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to find themselves involved in a road traffic accident, and as such it can be a stressful thing to even think about.... Read more

Majority of people feel unsafe walking on Northern Ireland roads

By Gary Adair The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland has revealed that 79% of people feel unsafe when out for a walk, and recent statistics on road traffic accidents involving pedestrians... Read more

Justice Secretary queries value of short jail term sentences

By Gary Adair The justice secretary David Gauke has suggested that there is a strong argument for abolishing jail terms of less than 6 months in favour of an approach that... Read more

322 drink driver arrests by PSNI during Christmas season

By Gary Adair Preliminary figures released by the PSNI reveal that there were 322 drink driver arrests from 30th November 2018 to 1st January 2019, with ages of drivers ranging from... Read more

Poll reveals support for upper age limit for driving

By Gary Adair Statistically younger drivers are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident, yet the Duke of Edinburgh's crash had many people debating the need for an... Read more

55 fatalities in road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in 2018

By Gary Adair There were 55 deaths as a result of road traffic crashes in Northern Ireland last year. A look at the statistics in respect of the fatalities shows a familiar... Read more

NI woman in court had one of the highest ever drink-drive readings

By Gary Adair A woman who appeared in Ballymena Magistrates Court is said to have had one of the highest ever drink-drive readings before a court in Northern Ireland. Roberta Lorraine Aiken,... Read more

NI court tells repeat motoring offender his driving career is over

By Gary Adair A Northern Ireland man, aged 75, will not be allowed back behind the wheel of a car until he turns 90, and was told by the judge that... Read more

Cyclist who knocked over and killed woman cleared of manslaughter

By Gary Adair A cyclist who knocked over and killed a woman in east London has been found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”, escaping a conviction... Read more

Belfast woman jailed for 113mph chase on M1

By Gary Adair A Belfast woman has been jailed for 4 months for driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police, as she drove along... Read more

Hundreds of Northern Ireland motorists caught drink-driving

By Gary Adair The well publicised crack down on drink-driving in Northern Ireland started in very foreboding fashion, with the first person to be stopped at the first checkpoint found to... Read more

Northern Ireland drivers to face random breath tests

By Gary Adair The PSNI has launched its annual winter drink-drive campaign, and have warned motorists that they will be using their new power to randomly stop drivers and ask them... Read more

Fatal road traffic accidents in NI more than double in July

By Gary Adair The number of fatalities from road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland has already more than doubled in July, compared to the same month last year. There have been 7... Read more

Drunk driver sentence referred to Appeal Court for being too lenient

The three and a half year prison sentence given to a Northern Ireland man who knocked down and killed an 18-year-old in Belfast while drink driving is to be referred... Read more

Epileptic man told never to drive to go to jail for causing crash

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland man who was told never to drive again because he was epileptic will receive a jail sentence for causing a crash in which a woman... Read more

Northern Ireland drunk driver receives jail sentence for fatal crash

A man from Northern Ireland who was almost two and a half times the legal drink-drive limit when he was involved in a fatal crash has been jailed for 2... Read more

Northern Ireland motorist to pay £4000 in Belfast bus lane driving fines

By Gary Adair A motorist in Northern Ireland has been fined 91 times in 10 months for driving in bus lanes in Belfast, receiving more than twice as many fines as... Read more

Many motorists are confused over their insurance coverage and renewal

By Gary Adair Many motorists are confused over their insurance coverage and renewal Many motorists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are finding themselves the subject of a fine,... Read more

Police concern at speeding on Northern Ireland roads

By Gary Adair A senior police officer in Northern Ireland has described the speeding problem in the province as "madness", with motorists clocked at speeds of up to 138mph. The PSNI District... Read more

104 drink drivers caught in Northern Ireland over 2 weeks

By Gary Adair There was a 42 per cent increase in the number of drivers and motorcyclists found to be be unfit to drive as a result of alcohol consumption in... Read more

Driving ban but no jail for footballer following drink-drive accident

By Gary Adair Darren Gibson, a Premier League footballer originally from Northern Ireland, has escaped a prison sentence in respect of a drink-drive collision with cyclists and other motoring offences. Mr Gibson,... Read more

Bus driver who used iPad at wheel loses unfair dismissal claim

By Gillian Crotty An Employment Appears Tribunal has rejected an unfair dismissal claim brought by the bus driver who was sacked for operating an iPad while travelling at 60mph.   A motorist on... Read more

Survey reveals 1 in 5 young motorists take 'selfies' while driving

By Gary Adair New research suggests that 1 in 5 motorists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK take 'selfies' with their telephone while driving. The survey by the Institute... Read more

Motorist with 42 penalty points allowed to keep driving licence

By Gary Adair A driver who received 42 penalty points in respect of 7 driving offences successfully pleaded mitigating circumstances including 'exceptional hardship' and has retained his drivers licence. Alex McFarlane, aged... Read more

NI Bill to lower alcohol limit for drivers one step closer

By Gary Adair New legislation to lower the legal alcohol limits on Northern Ireland roads is one stop closer, after the Road Traffic Bill passed through another stage at the Assembly. The... Read more

NI woman escapes jail over 10mph fatal collision with motorcyclist

By Gary Adair A woman from Coleraine in Northern Ireland has avoided a jail sentence after causing the death of a motorcyclist that she hit with her car at around 10mph... Read more

Unlucky motorist proves no drive is too short to avoid penalty points

By Gary Adair It is often the excuse given by motorists caught drink-driving or driving without insurance - 'I was only going down the road' or 'It wasn't even a mile',... Read more

Woman driver guilty of killing cyclist while using mobile phone

By Gary Adair A court has found a woman who was talking on her mobile phone while driving guilty of causing the death of a cyclist she hit with her car. Julie... Read more

Lorry driver in court on charge of death by dangerous driving

By Gary Adair The lorry driver involved in the fatal road accident in County Tyrone that resulted in the death of Sean McElwee last weekend has been charged with causing death... Read more

Three fatal road accidents in Northern Ireland in 24 hours

By Gillian Crotty Less than half way through the month, and April is already the worst month of the year for fatalities on Northern Ireland roads, following a 24 hour period... Read more

Recent fatal road accidents in NI take 2015 total of deaths to 10

By Gillian Crotty Fatal road accidents in County Down and County Fermanagh this week means there have now been ten deaths on Northern Ireland roads this year. The number of fatalities is... Read more

Research suggests drivers using mobiles to text or surf web

By Neil Logan Drivers who operate a mobile phone while behind the wheel are more likely to be sending a text, using social media or surfing the web than actually making... Read more

100mph drink driver was two times over the legal limit

By Gary Adair Excessive speed and drink driving are two of the largest causes of road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, and last weekend one... Read more

Belfast bus driver who hit pedestrian banned for a year

By Neil Logan A bus driver from Belfast who struck a pedestrian that he had not seen crossing the road he was turning in to has been given a 1 year... Read more

One in three drivers have had to avoid drunk pedestrians

By Gary Adair As Christmas fast approaches, the police in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are stepping up their awareness campaigns in respect of the dangers of drink... Read more

Over 3,600 road accidents in Northern Ireland in 2014 so far

By Neil Logan This week is Road Safety Week and the emergency services in Northern Ireland have been talking about their activity in 2013, with 3,600 road accidents in the province... Read more

One Northern Ireland driver fined every 24 minutes

By Gillian Crotty One Northern Ireland motorist is fined on average every 24 minutes for driving at excessive speed or going through a red light, according to the road safety charity... Read more

Cameras catch 48,000 Northern Ireland drivers speeding

By Gary Adair New figures reveal that over 48,000 Northern Ireland motorists were caught speeding on police cameras over the last 12 months. Two thirds of speeding offences took place on roads... Read more

3 teenager road deaths in 2 days on NI roads

By Gillian Crotty Three teenagers have died in separate road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in the space of two days. Conal Daly, aged 18 from Belfast is the most recent fatality... Read more

Police in Northern Ireland catch 15 yr olds drink-driving

By Gary Adair New statistics reveal a shocking problem of drink-driving among children in Northern Ireland who are neither old enough to drink or drive. According to police records there is a... Read more

Nuns killed in fatal road crash on Belfast Road

By Gary Adair Two nuns have died in a fatal car accident on the Belfast Road in Newry in a collision with an unmarked PSNI vehicle. The crash happened at 9.25am this... Read more

Teenager dies in yet another fatal road crash in NI

By Neil Logan There has been yet another fatal road accident in Northern Ireland, bringing the total of road deaths this year to 58, more than the entire 12 months of... Read more

Fatal road accident takes NI death toll to 55

By Gary Adair A fatal road accident in County Down has taken the number of deaths on Northern Ireland's roads this year up to 55. The accident came in the same week... Read more

NI motorists warned of zero tolerance to driving offences

By Lenore Rice Northern Ireland motorists have been put on notice that police officers will be operating a zero tolerance approach to dealing with driving offences. There have been 54 road deaths... Read more

Driving ban for travelling with unharnessed child

By Gary Adair A motorist has been fined and given a 6 month driving ban after being caught on camera traveling at 70mph with a child standing up in the front... Read more

Driver who killed cyclist jailed for 5 years

By Gary Adair The driver of a minibus who hit and killed a cyclist when he was operating his mobile phone while driving has been jailed for 5 years. Andrzej Wojcicki, aged... Read more

Speed cameras catch comedian reading paper while driving

By Gary Adair A traffic camera has photographed comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown reading a newspaper while driving his car, resulting in a fine and points on his driving licence. The 69-year-old comedian,... Read more

Driving ban for Northern Ireland teen speeding at 110mph

By Gary Adair A teenager from Northern Ireland has been banned from driving just 5 months after passing his test for speeding at 110mph. Martin Mulheron, aged 18 from Dungiven was caught... Read more

NI teenager arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland teenager has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with a road accident in Whitehead on Monday night which has left a 17-year-old... Read more

Figures reveal 25yr old men most likely to get driving ban

By Gary Adair New figures reveal that 25 year old males received more driving bans in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK between July 2013 and June 2014. The research... Read more

4 fatalities in 2 road accidents over the weekend in NI

By Gillian Crotty Two separate road accidents in Northern Ireland over the weekend resulted in four fatalities, taking the total of road deaths in 2014 up to 48. On Friday night a... Read more

Jail for driver who killed motorist while using 2 mobiles

By Gary Adair A woman who was sending and receiving texts and calls on two different mobiles phones before crashing into another vehicle, and killing it's driver, has been given a... Read more

20mph speed limit considered for Belfast city centre

By Gary Adair Northern Ireland motorists are taking note of plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Belfast city centre, and they have 3 weeks to raise any objections to... Read more

Belfast drink driving doctor was unfairly dismissed

By Gillian Crotty An employment tribunal has ruled that a doctor who lost his job after being caught almost four times over the legal limit when driving into work was unfairly... Read more

Extra police on roads to crackdown on NI motoring offences

By Gary Adair There will be a stronger police presence on Northern Ireland roads over the next few months, as the PSNI attempts to crackdown on the motoring offences that are... Read more

Jail for Belfast drink driver who caused head-on collision

By Gary Adair A Northern Ireland woman has been given a 9 month jail sentence by Belfast Crown Court after causing a head-on collision while drink driving. Briege O'Hara, aged 61 from... Read more

Extra police on roads as NI road fatalities increase

By Gary Adair The PSNI has responded to the alarming rate of fatal road accidents in Northern Ireland by temporarily drafting 14 officers from the Close Protection Unit to assist with... Read more

Northern Ireland fatal road accidents triple in June

By Gillian Crotty There were 11 fatalities as a result of road accidents in Northern Ireland in June, nearly triple the amount of road deaths in the previous month. The year started... Read more

Jail for 150mph driver with 4 young children in car

By Gary Adair A man has been given a 20 week prison sentence for driving at 150mph with 4 young children in the car who were not wearing seatbelts. Police officers finally... Read more

Speeding motorist who killed cyclist escapes jail

By Neil Logan A speeding motorist who ran into and killed a pedestrian as she crossed the road has escaped jail because there was no official 30mph limit sign on the... Read more

2 fatal road accidents in Northern Ireland within 1hr

By Gillian Crotty There have been two separate road traffic accidents resulting in fatalities in Northern Ireland within the space of one hour. Both road accidents occurred in County Down, with the... Read more

Trucker watching movie while driving on motorway

By Gary Adair A lorry driver has been fined for watching a movie during his 20 mile journey along the M20 motorway in Kent. Police were alerted to the driver by another... Read more

Mother in custody battle caught drink driving with kids

By Gary Adair A woman who is involved in a custody battle with the father of her children has been caught drink driving with her three young kids in the car... Read more

Accident compensation cut as motorcyclist had been drinking

By Gillian Crotty The amount of compensation to be awarded to the widow of a motorcyclist who died in a fatal road crash has been cut by 70 per cent, as... Read more

Planning a holiday abroad - some legal issues to consider

By Lenore Rice The summer holidays will soon be upon us and it is increasingly common for families to go abroad, but there are certain legal issues to consider before packing... Read more

Tough motoring legislation introduced into NI Assembly

By Gary Adair The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly with tougher alcohol limits and tighter controls on learner drivers. The legislation reduces the alcohol limits... Read more

Tougher sentences for banned drivers not applicable to NI

By Neil Logan The government has announced new tougher sentences for disqualified drivers who cause death on the roads, and the creation of a new offence of causing serious injury while... Read more

Two fatal road accidents in Northern Ireland in 24hrs

By Gillian Crotty Two fatal road accidents in 24 hours take the total of road deaths in Northern Ireland in 2014 to 22. At 2am on Sunday a man in his 40s,... Read more

Coronation Street actress denies drink-driving

By Neil Logan Actress Barbara Knox, aged 80 and known for her role on Coronation Street, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court. Mrs Knox... Read more

Passengers reluctant to challenge drink drivers

By Neil Logan A new survey has revealed that a quarter of passengers who have been in a car driven by someone who had been drinking were too embarrassed to challenge... Read more

Pensioner driving offender released on condition he takes bus

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland pensioner who was imprisoned for a number of motoring offences, including driving while disqualified, having no insurance, and failing to stop for police, has been... Read more

Two fatalities in Northern Ireland road accident

By Gillian Crotty A road traffic accident in Cookstown in the early hours of Sunday morning has resulted in two fatalities, meaning the total number of road deaths in Northern Ireland... Read more

Further Northern Ireland road fatality after Limivady crash

By Neil Logan A road traffic accident on the Broad Road between Limivady and Coleraine has resulted in the 2nd road fatality in Northern Ireland in March and the 11th since... Read more

NI man with 576 convictions jailed for 4 months

By Neil Logan A man considered to have the worst criminal record in Northern Ireland has been jailed for 4 months and disqualified from driving for 5 years for drink driving. Mark... Read more

Another fatal road accident in Northern Ireland

By Neil Logan There was another fatal road accident in Northern Ireland over the weekend, as an elderly motorist died after a crash outside Londonderry. January of this year was one of... Read more

Northern Ireland man admits dangerous driving on beach

By Gary Adair A Northern Ireland man has pleaded guilty to a number of motoring offences in connection with an incident on Benone beach in County Londonderry when his car struck... Read more

Plans for cross-border penalty points recognition paused

By Neil Logan Plans to introduce a cross-border penalty points system for driving offences in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been "paused" because of "complex policy issues". The scheme... Read more

3 year ban and suspended jail sentence for 144mph drivers

By Gary Adair Two motorists who drove their cars along the A19 in North Yorkshire at 144mph have been disqualified from driving for 3 years and were also given 4 month... Read more

Driver with 29 penalty points escapes disqualification

By Neil Logan A driver has successfully escaped a driving ban despite having 29 penalty points after pleading mitigating circumstances. Takeaway driver Ala Udin, aged 44, told magistrates he would lose his... Read more

Inquest hears driver texting while travelling at 80mph

By Gillian Crotty The inquest into the death of Jeremy Middleton heard that he was texting on his mobile at the time, or immediately before, his van drove into a horsebox... Read more

NI drink driver had 41 previous motoring convictions

By Gary Adair A Northern Ireland man has been given an 18 month jail sentence after crashing into two cars while two times over the legal drink drive limit. The judge at... Read more

Half of male drivers have micro-sleeps at the wheel

By Gillian Crotty Nearly a half of male drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel for 5 to 10 second 'micro-sleeps', according to new research by Brake and Direct Line. Of... Read more

1yr ban for 60mph drive without using hands on wheel

By Neil Logan A motorist who was photographed by police cameras driving at 60mph with his hands behind his head has been disqualified for one year. Richard Newtown, aged 36 from Whitby,... Read more

Increase in road deaths in Northern Ireland in 2013

By Gillian Crotty There were 56 deaths on the roads of Northern Ireland in 2013 compared to 48 the previous year. Despite the increase on last year the total number of road... Read more

Advice for motorists and pedestrians this New Year's

By Neil Logan Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is soon entering the most dangerous period of the year on our roads, as icy conditions and an increase in... Read more

AA warns drivers will still be drunk at 10pm on 1st Jan

By Gary Adair With Christmas now behind us, New Year's Eve is the next date on the calendar that will have the police on the look out for an increase in... Read more

AA survey reveals lack of understanding on alcohol

By Neil Logan A survey of 21,000 motorists conducted by the AA has revealed a common lack of misunderstanding on the effects of alcohol, and in particular, how long you need... Read more

NI man on charges of drink driving and assault

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland man who was already banned from driving is facing charges of drink driving at the High Court, as well as a charge of assault after... Read more

Two NI drivers clocked at twice the speed limit

By Neil Logan It has been revealed that two drivers have been caught travelling at over twice the speed limit in the past month in Northern Ireland. A facebook page belonging to... Read more

Driver who tweeted after hitting cyclist found guilty

By Neil Logan The charges against Emma Way, age 22, relate to fairly routine motoring offences, but her case has become infamous after she took to twitter to say she had... Read more

Brake charity calls for a ban on car hands-free phones

By Tanya Waterworth This week the charity Brake is asking motorists to consider the amount of distractions they allow into the car with them when they are behind the wheel, and... Read more

Brake Road Safey week urges drivers to concentrate

By Tanya Waterworth Next week sees the launch of the Brake charity's Road Safety Week, asking motorists to 'Tune-in' when they are behind the wheel, and to avoid the distractions that... Read more

Banned Northern Ireland driver crashed and fled accident

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland man was was already banned from driving is said to have taken a car without consent, driven it while under the influence, crashed it into... Read more

Police investigate man eating cereal while driving

By Neil Logan A youtube video showing a motorist eating cereal while driving through a busy city centre has generated criticism by action groups and has also got the attention of... Read more

Cyclists delight in Northern Ireland MP's driving offence

By Gary Adair Labour MP Kate Hoey, from Northern Ireland but now working in London, has been fined for failing to stop at a red traffic light - so why is... Read more

Derry man who drove into house appears at Court

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland man has attended Londonderry Magistrate's Court in respect of six offences in connection with an incident that ended with him crashing a car into the... Read more

Footballer escapes jail for forged drivers licence

By Gary Adair Another month, and another high-profile footballer is in the media in connection with a motoring offence. While previous cases have involved drink driving, driving with no insurance, and... Read more

Outrage at no jail sentence for repeat drink driver

By Gary Adair A court to decision not to impose a jail sentence on a drink driver who was caught for the fourth time by police in 10 years has been... Read more

Ban for drink-driver who crashed into house

By Neil Logan A motorist has been given a fine and banned from driving after an incident in which his car crashed into, and became embedded in, the side of a... Read more

Driver gets 24 penalty points in one week

By Gary Adair A motorist who had a clean drivers licence managed to accumulate 24 penalty points in one week as a result of eight speeding offences. Vincent Holden, aged 30, had... Read more

Learner driver age uplift proposed to reduce crashes

By Gillian Crotty The government will consider increasing the age that learner drivers can obtain a probationary licence from 17 to 18 in a bid to reduce road traffic accidents involving... Read more

Two thirds of drivers admit breaking traffic laws

By Neil Logan A new survey has revealed that two thirds of motorists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK admit to regularly breaking traffic laws, such as speeding,... Read more

Mother drove with son in car while 4 times over limit

By Gary Adair A mother of two has been given a suspended prison sentence and a three year ban after driving with her son in the car while more than four... Read more

Drink driving footballer gets 20 month ban

By Neil Logan Stephane Sessegnon, a footballer in the Premier League, has been handed a 20 month driving ban after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving and a number... Read more

High incidence of repeat offending by drink-drivers

By Neil Logan Nearly 1 in 5 of the people currently classed as high-risk drink-driving offenders has been disqualified more than once. The DVLA compiles a "high-risk register" of drink driving offenders,... Read more

Ban for drink driving father who had child in the car

By Neil Logan A man has been given an 18 month driving ban after he was found to be nearly two times over the legal drink-drive limit with his 7-year-old child... Read more

Council's unusual technique to reduce speeding

By Gary Adair Leicester City Council is trialling a new measure to reduce speeding on a road outside a Primary School, but the RAC thinks it could actually result in an... Read more

Clerk jailed for helping 70 drivers escape bans

By Neil Logan Former court clerk, David Kelly, has been given a 6 year jail sentence for helping 70 motorists escape driving bans by falsifying their records. The 47 year-old from Liverpool... Read more

Driving ban for woman 4 times over the limit

By Gary Adair A motorist has been given a 3 year driving ban and a 12 month community service order after testing nearly 4 times over the legal drink-drive limit. Amrit Kaur... Read more

Drivers keep licences despite 30 plus penalty pts

By Neil Logan Twelve accumulated penalty points for driving offences over a 3 year period is supposed to result in a disqualification, however the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says there... Read more

Ban for driver who killed cyclist while eating at wheel

By Neil Logan Paul Brown, aged 30, has had his sentence reduced from causing death by dangerous driving to careless driving after he hit and killed a cyclist while eating a... Read more

Footballer was drink-driving while his team played

By Neil Logan Stephane Sessegnon, a 29-year-old footballer with Premier League team Sunderland has been charged with drink driving. Mr Sessegnon, who is from Benin, is not the first foreign professional footballer... Read more

Prison for texting lorry driver who killed couple

By Gary Adair Lorry driver Ethen Roberts has been given a prison sentence of five years and three months after admitting causing the death of Mark and Tamsie McHale by dangerous... Read more

Woman driver eight times over drink-drive limit

By Neil Logan A female driver, aged 36, who was stopped by police turned out to be eight times over the legal drink-driving limit, and is considered to be one of... Read more

Jail for Belfast man with 100 driving convictions

By Neil Logan Belfast man, Anthony Fitzgerald Harmon, aged 34, has been given a 15 month prison sentence for driving while banned. The judge described Mr Harmon's record of 163 convictions, of... Read more

Drink drive mum asked son to lie to police

By Gary Adair A disqualified driver who was nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit asked her passenger son to tell the police that she wasn't his Mum, but... Read more

400 motorists caught in 3 day police crackdown

By Gary Adair A 3 day police crackdown in Scotland resulted in police catching 400 motorists without insurance, a valid driving licence, or driving an unsafe vehicle. Half of the offences were... Read more

Speed enforcement week begins in Northern Ireland

By Neil Logan Northern Ireland motorists might notice an increased police presence on roads and motorways this week, as a result of the European speed enforcement week. The operation is being supported... Read more

NI Lord guilty of assault in road rage incident

By Neil Logan Northern Ireland peer, Lord Maginnis, has been found guilty of assaulting a man during a road rage incident, but has vowed to appeal. Lord Maginnis, aged 75, admitted to... Read more

Mother drove 3 times over limit with son in car

By Neil Logan A 34 year old woman has been banned from driving for 2 years and 4 months after she was found to be 3 times over the legal limit... Read more

Professional drivers using mobiles should be sacked

By Neil Logan A chief constable has called on employers to sack any professional drivers who are caught using their mobile phones while driving. Currently the punishment for using your mobile phone... Read more

Drink-drive deaths up by 26 per cent

By Gary Adair The number of deaths caused by drink-driving in Britain increased by 26 per cent in 2012 according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT). Approximately 290 people died... Read more

Footballer arrested over hit and run

Professional footballer Marlon King has been arrested in relation to an alleged hit-and-run incident. The incident took place just after midnight last Saturday in London, and the victim, who is described... Read more

Driver awareness - Penalty point guide

By Neil LoganSolicitor at Wilson Nesbitt specialising in motoring offencesIt can be easy to forget the convenience and opportunities that having a driving licence affords, and for many people it... Read more

NI drink driver charged with beach hit-and-run

The good weather in Northern Ireland is taking people to the beaches in their hundreds, but one mother and child suffered injuries after a hit-and-run incident on Benone beach on... Read more

Driver ban reduced because of impact on earnings

Criminal Appeal Court judges have reduced the ban of a driver who caused a crash that seriously injured another motorist, because the driver requires his licence in order to make... Read more

Graduated drivers licences would lower road deaths

A system of graduated drivers licences would reduce road deaths according to a report by the RAC Foundation. The report proposes a 4 year learning period for new drivers, and various... Read more

Younger drivers tempted to drink-drive in summer

A new poll carried out by AA/Populus suggests that younger drivers face increased temptation to drink-drive during the summer months. The motorists who responded to the poll said that there were... Read more

Death crash motorist released from jail by mistake

A motorist who was found guilty of causing death by careless driving was released after just 4 months of his sentence by mistake. Courtney Meppen-Walter, aged 18, was held responsible for... Read more

Youthful folly and alcohol caused road crash death

A judge who sentenced a 19 year old motorist to 3 years and 4 months in a young offenders' institution for causing the death of his friend in a road... Read more

NI blackout driver jailed for fatal road crash

A Northern Ireland woman who caused the death of a passenger in another car after she blacked out while driving has been sentenced to 15 months in jail, though she... Read more

NI woman who caused death by drink driving loses appeal

A Northern Ireland woman who killed another driver in a collision while under the influence of alcohol has failed in her attempt to have her jail sentence reduced. Patricia McGrade, aged... Read more

Survey reveals complacency over drink driving

A survey carried out by the AA has found that Northern Ireland motorists are among the most complacent when it comes to drinking and driving. The UK wide survey results show... Read more

Compensation agreed for magistrate crash victim

One of the victims of the so-called 'Coffee Costa crash' that happened in April last year has agreed a six-figure compensation sum out of court. The now infamous crash involved then... Read more

Teacher caught drink driving during lunch break

A music teacher was found to be over three times the legal drink-drive limit when he was tested after driving back to his school from the nearby pub during the... Read more

Dangerous driving charge for NI man after hit-and-run

A 23 year old man from Londonderry in Northern Ireland has been charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, driving without a licence, and failing to remain at the... Read more

Speed cameras reduce number of serious injuries

New research by the RAC suggests that there are less road traffic accidents resulting in fatal or serious injuries on the roads that have speed cameras. Using data from 9 areas... Read more

Newly qualified NI driver jailed for head on crash

A Northern Ireland driver who had passed his test just one month before causing a head-on crash with another vehicle has been jailed for 15 months at Londonderry Crown Court. Nathan... Read more

NI crash driver was under influence of drink and drugs

A Northern Ireland motorist who died in a road crash that also claimed the life of one of his passengers was over the legal alcohol limit, and was under the... Read more

10 yrs jail for driver who killed married cyclists

A man has been given a 10 year prison sentence for causing the death of a married couple that he knocked off their tandem bike while trying to evade the... Read more

Survey shows support for new learner driver rules

A survey carried out by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line suggests that 84 per cent of drivers would support the introduction of a minimum learning period for new... Read more

Twitter boast by hit and run driver alerts police

Police are investigated a claim that a woman knocked a cyclist off his bicycle on the strength of a bizarre tweet the driver herself made after the accident. The tweet, by... Read more

NI blackout sufferer in court over fatal crash

A woman from Northern Ireland is currently at the Belfast Crown Court facing a charge of causing death by dangerous driving, after a fatal accident on the M5 that killed... Read more

3 year ban for 4th drink-driving charge

A retired teacher who was charged with drink-driving for the fourth time has been given a three year ban and ordered to pay a fine of £700. The solicitor acting for... Read more

Pothole claims up but compensation down

Motorists throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are all too familiar with the damage that potholes can cause to their cars. Few drivers who have to pay to... Read more

Driver who killed cyclist gets 5yr ban

A driver who caused the death of a 75 year old cyclist has been given a 5 year driving ban and ordered to do 300 hours of community service. The... Read more

NI man admits killing friend by careless driving

A man from Country Antrim Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to causing the death of his friend by careless driving in April 2011. David Paul Higgins, from Ballyclare, was driving the... Read more

17 year old detainees to be treated as children

The High Court has ruled that the current policy of treating 17-year-olds in police custody is contrary to human rights law, and that they should be treated as children. Currently, any... Read more

Twice as many NI road deaths in 2013

The number of deaths as a result of road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in 2013 is currently double the amount over the same period in 2012. There have been 17... Read more

Driver who killed woman requests jail

A 22 year old man who knocked over and killed a young mother told the judge that he wanted to go straight to jail, passing up the possibility of being... Read more

Third Man City player banned from driving

Three players at football club Manchester City have now been banned from driving within the space of two weeks, as Micah Richards was the latest to be disqualified after receiving... Read more

Second Man City player banned from driving

Footballers at Manchester City are fast running out of options for a lift, with a two players banned from driving in the same week. Samir Nasri is the latest player to... Read more

Footballer admits driving while banned

Manchester City footballer Carlos Tevez, aged 29, has admitted to driving while banned and without insurance, and has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service. Mr Tevez must... Read more

Quarter of NI road deaths involved drugs

New figures have been released which show that a quarter of the motorists, including motorbike riders, who died on the roads of Northern Ireland over the last three years had... Read more

Theft from lorry stuck in Belfast snow

Motorists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK can be forgiven for thinking there is some solidarity with their fellow drivers when it comes to getting stuck in... Read more

PC drove at 108mph in 40mph zone before crashing

A police officer is said to have reached speeds of 108mph in a 40mph zone in the time leading up to his crash in Shropshire in October of last year. Pc... Read more

Gov to tackle young driver accident rates

A meeting between transport ministers and representatives of the insurance industry took place yesterday, with the express purpose of considering how to tackle the high rate of road traffic accidents... Read more

Jail for drink-driver who left fiancee to die

Merthyr Crown Court has sentenced Ceiron Cook, aged 36, to four years in prison after he crashed his car while under the influence of drink and drugs, and fled the... Read more

NI car crime victims sued by police

It has been reported by the BBC that some victims of car theft in Northern Ireland are being sued by police officers who were injured during the retrieval of the... Read more

'Friends should stop each other drink driving'

Road safety charity Brake, and insurance company Direct Line, are calling on people to intervene when they see that their friend intends to drink and drive. The two companies carried out... Read more

Footballer charged for driving while banned

Footballer Carlos Tevez, aged 29, has been charged for driving while disqualified and without insurance. At the start of this year Mr Tevez was given a six month driving ban when... Read more

Huhne and ex-wife jailed over speeding deception

Former energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have both been sentenced to 8 months prison for their deception to police officers during an incident when their car... Read more

ABI proposes safety measures for new drivers

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has proposed a number of safety standards for new drivers, which they say would reduce deaths from road traffic accidents and lower insurance premiums... Read more

Prison for drunk bus driver who travelled 70miles

Lewis Robert McDonald, aged 68, has been jailed for nine months and had his driving license removed for 2 years, after he drove his coach load of passengers on a... Read more

Man arrested after hit-and-run in Whiteabbey

A man has been arrested in connection with a 'hit-and-run' incident which occurred earlier this week in Whiteabbey, Northern Ireland, and involved an elderly woman. The motorist driving the car did... Read more

Republic vote on drink-driving criticised

A plan to relax the drink-driving limits in south-west Ireland has come under attack from road safety campaigners and councillors who opposed the motion. The plan would allow for permits to... Read more

Footballer Tevez banned from driving

Motorists caught speeding should learn an important lesson from the banning of footballer Carlos Tevez from driving for six months. Letters received from the police in respect of driving offences... Read more

Survey reveals bad driving in icy conditions

A new survey has revealed the bad driving habits in winter conditions that result in so many road traffic accidents at this time of the year. Released by road safety charity... Read more

Derry man who drove at 100mph disqualified

Thomas Hyndman, aged 22 from Londonderry, has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after a police chase in which he drove his car through the city at 100mph. The solicitor... Read more

NI musician convicted of careless driving

Northern Ireland musician Duke Special has been convicted of careless driving after the court heard that he drove at 187 kmph on the M1 in County Lough last year. Peter Wilson,... Read more

Work drivers take more risks on the road

New research suggests that people who drive as part of their work take more risks on the road than those driving as part of their day-to-day private life. The survey by... Read more

NI drink driving down on last December

There were 134 detections of drink-driving in Northern Ireland between 29th November and 21st December this year, 88 less than in the same period in 2011. The 134 motorists were deemed... Read more

Speeding motorists bizarre excuse to police

A man has been jailed for 28 days after telling a police officer who caught him speeding that he was a doctor on an urgent call to a hospital to... Read more

Mother and L-driver daughter both over drink limit

The police got a surprise when they stopped a car that had crashed into a stationary vehicle in Aberdeen - both the 44 year-old woman and her 22 year-old learner... Read more

Drink-drive campaign targets morning-after drivers

The police will be targeting 'morning-after' drivers this year as part of the Christmas drink-driving campaign, saying many drivers get into the car the morning after a festive party without... Read more

Derry woman sentenced for driving offences

Londonderry woman Sheilagh Edwards, aged 55, has been sentenced to 18 months probation for driving offences, and has lost her license for 10 years. Ms Edwards knocked down in a pedestrian... Read more

NI man with 472 convictions jailed

A 39 year-old-man from Derry, Northern Ireland, said by his solicitor to have the biggest criminal record in British and judicial history, has been given a 28 month jail sentence. Eamon... Read more

£23m compensation for teenager in car crash

Compensation totalling £23million is to be paid out to a teenager that was left paralysed after a road traffic accident that caused the death of her mother. The car crash occurred... Read more

PC argues crash due to ice and not alcohol

An off duty police officer that was two times over the drink-drive limit when he crashed his car, causing the death of his passenger, has told the court that icy... Read more

Calls for eye test as part of driving exam

Insurer RSA and road safety charity brake are calling for a full vision test to be incorporated into the driving test. Prospective drivers about to undergo their test are asked to... Read more

Motorist jailed for fatal motorway crash

Wilfred Museka, aged 31, has received an eight year prison sentence for the fatal crash caused by him driving the wrong way along the motorway while two times over the... Read more

MP banned for driving without insurance

Labour MP Jon Cruddas has been banned from driving for 8 weeks and made to pay a fine totalling £300 including costs. Mr Cruddas was arrested for driving without insurance and... Read more

Quarter of NI motorists drink and drive

More than a quarter of Northern Ireland motorists have said they will drive after having one alcoholic drink, according to a new government survey. Similarly, 72 per cent of people said... Read more

Unusual argument to overturn NI drivers ban

A Northern Ireland motorist who was banned from driving for ten years has had his ban lifted after an unorthodox argument on his behalf.Geoffrey Falconer, aged 48, was convicted of... Read more

Driver jailed for boys death had 72 convictions

Disqualified driver, Andrew Paul Morrow from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been given an eight year prison sentence for dangerous driving which resulted in the death of a 12-year-old boy. Mr Morrow... Read more

Brake calls for graduated licenses for youths

Road safety charity 'Brake' is calling for a graduated drivers license system for new drivers, to lower the number of fatal road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland and the rest... Read more

Sneezing motorist charged with careless driving

A bizarre crash in Northern Ireland resulted in £37,000 damage to a hair dressing salon and a careless driving charge for a motorist who took a fit of sneezing while... Read more

Drivers favour increased fines for motoring offences

The majority of drivers are in favour of increased fines for motoring offences according to a survey carried out by the charity 'Brake' and 'Direct Line'.Of those surveyed 78% said... Read more

Guilty plea by NI driver who caused passenger death

The driver of the vehicle involved in a road traffic accident that resulted in the death of the 20 year-old woman passenger has pleaded guilty to the various charges against... Read more

NI musician on dangerous driving charge

Northern Ireland musician Duke Special - real name Peter Wilson, has appeared in Dundalk District Court on a charge of dangerous driving. It is alleged that Mr Wilson was driving dangerously... Read more

4 years prison for death by careless driving

Gordon Dyche, aged 24, has received a 4 year prison sentence for causing death by careless driving. Mr Dyche told police he was rushing to get to work when during an... Read more

Accused requests relaxed bail to attend gym

A man accused with causing the death of 19 year-old Claire Kelly while driving dangerously and without insurance has request that his current bail conditions be relaxed so he could... Read more

Survey reveals relaxed attitude to speeding

A new survey has revealed that over 75 per cent of drivers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK drive over the speed limit, and that 25 per... Read more

9 years prison for 180mph getaway driver

A getaway driver that reached speeds of 180mph as he attempted to evade the police has been sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiracy to burgle, conspiracy to steal... Read more

Derry court confusion over identity of accused

A case at Londonderry Magistrates Court in Northern Ireland began with confusion over whether they had the correct man in the dock. Martin Michael McDonagh was to appear in the court... Read more

5 year ban for Belfast drunk driver

Belfast man Carl Dougherty, aged 29, has been banned from driving for five years after committing a number offences that began with drunk driving in east Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police attempted... Read more

Northern Ireland motorists to get MOTs on Sundays

Motorists in Northern Ireland will be able to have their MOT carried out on a Sunday in some centres next year. Environment minister Alex Attwood confirmed that he has authorised the... Read more

Changes to rules for NI learner drivers confirmed

New rules in respect of learner drivers in Northern Ireland have been announced by Environment Minister Alex Attwood. The new measures show a combined approach of starting the learning process... Read more

Mobile use & drugs - Young drivers taking risks

A new RAC survey suggests that there has been an increase in the number of young motorists driving under the influence of drugs, and in the number of people using... Read more

Northern Ireland cars get black boxes

Northern Ireland car drivers could soon see their car insurance premiums fall as a result of black boxes being fitted to cars following a one year pilot scheme run by... Read more

Northern Ireland driving age may be cut to 16

Environment Minister Alex Attwood is considering a number of "radical" changes to the rules in respect of learner drivers in Northern Ireland, most notably, the age at which someone can... Read more

MOT Changes for Northern Ireland Motorists

From today, 1st May 2012, all vehicles going through the MOT process will receive over 20 additional checks. The changes relate primarily to electronic systems within vehicles such as... Read more

Smoking in work vehicles common in Northern Ireland

The number of people fined for smoking in work vehicles is still high five years after the smoking ban came into Northern Ireland. The tobacco task group within the... Read more

Stoke player Pennant charged with drink driving

Jermaine Pennant, 29 from Altrincham, Cheshire, has been charged with drinking and driving, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified following a road traffic collision in Manchester last night.... Read more

Everton star Pienaar bailed after answering arrest warrant

Premier League footballer Steven Pienaar, who is currently on loan at Everton, has been released on bail after an arrest warrant was issued against him at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on... Read more

UK's most expensive petrol will cost NI business

The AA have confirmed that the most expensive petrol and diesel in the whole of the UK is to be found in Northern Ireland, with the most expensive petrol costing... Read more

Northern Ireland Parking Fines to Rise

The maximum fine for illegal parking in Northern Ireland is to rise from £60 to £90. Danny Kennedy, the Roads Minister, announced the change today along with plans to... Read more

Policeman accused of causing death by careless driving

PC Rodney Craig Mills, 42, of South Yorkshire Police has appeared in Bradford Crown Court accused of causing the death of Jamie Haslett, 19, from the Isle of Man. ... Read more

Drunk driver admits causing death of friend

James Carrick, aged 18, has admitted to causing the death of his friend who was a passenger in his car when he ran a red-light and crashed into a stationary... Read more

Survey shows dangerous driving practices in Northern Ireland

A high percentage of drivers admitted they have driven in attire considered to be potentially dangerous according to a survey by, with  27% of male motorists and 39% of... Read more

'Tougher sentences needed for drink-drivers'

The mother of a man who was killed in a road traffic accident involving a drunken teenager driving on the wrong side of the road has called for tougher sentences... Read more

Northern Ireland man had 133 Motoring Offences on his record

Samuel Nicholl aged 52 appeared in Belfast Crown Court charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. Judge Gemma Loughran sentenced Mr Nicholl to 11 months, suspended for... Read more

Northern Ireland Motorists to get ‘Black Box’

The Minister in charge of the Department of the Environment, Alex Attwood, has met with representatives from the car insurance industry to discuss the high premiums paid by Northern Irish... Read more

MP charged with perversion of justice over speeding offence

A former Liberal Democrat government minister and his ex-wife have appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with perverting the course of justice. The charge relates to an incident in 2003... Read more

408 drink driving arrests over Christmas

Preliminary figures issued by the PSNI last week indicate that the number of drivers arrested for drink driving related motoring offences increased this year.  The 408 arrests took place in... Read more

Driving ban for Olympic athlete Linford Christie

Linford Christie has lost his appeal against a 15-month driving ban for careless driving. Christie was given the sentence in July 2011 after the Court heard how he drove the... Read more

Increase in Northern Ireland drink driving cases

Latest figures released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland show that the number of drivers caught drink-driving in the pre-Christmas period has increased from last year. The figures show... Read more

Man admits causing death by careless driving

A 28 year old businessman from Liverpool has pleaded guilty to causing the death of well known cyclist David McCall by careless driving. Michael Croome was on his way to board... Read more

Campaign to reduce drink driving launched

Coca-Cola has launched their annual designated driver campaign in Northern Ireland.  The scheme offers free soft drinks to those who are abstaining from alcohol in order to drive friends home... Read more

New scheme to fast track NI drink driving offences

The PSNI have announced a scheme which could see drivers caught over the alcohol limit in Court within days of being detected.  The scheme is part of the PSNI and... Read more

Increased MOT car checks for Northern Ireland motorists

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood has proposed changes to the MOT test.  The proposal, which is currently out for consultation, could be implemented early next year and calls for... Read more

Car Insurance Premiums 84% Higher in Northern Ireland

Motorists in Northern Ireland can expect to pay significantly higher premiums than those in the rest of the UK. During a debate on the subject in Westminster Transport Minister... Read more

Large numbers of motorists still driving despite having 12 penalty points

Road Safety charity Brake, together with Direct Line, have published their analysis of data provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regarding the disqualification of drivers with 12 or... Read more

Applying for a new driving license following disqualification

Disqualified drivers who have come to the end of their disqualification period should note that they must apply for a new license before starting to drive again. To apply for... Read more

New Cross-Border Drink Driving Rules

  From midnight on Thursday a new lower drink-drive limits come into force in the south of Ireland.  Northern Irish drivers could find themselves over the limit by simply driving a... Read more

Call for online Car Tax Renewal in NI

  The Northern Ireland Assembly will today discuss the issue of online car tax renewal in Northern Ireland.  The proposed motion will call on the Minister of the Environment to bring... Read more