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A study from the RAC has found that more drivers are willing to risk breaking the law to text or use their phone when driving.

The data, which was mainly compiled in England showed that there had been a substantial increase across the board of people admitting to using their phones at the wheel. Worryingly, the data also indicated that there was a reduction in the number of criminal convictions.

Statistics showed that there was s 1.6% increase in drivers admitting that they used their phone to text when driving. Fixed-penalty notices against motorists who use a phone while driving fell from 123,100 in 2011 to 52,400 in 2013. Prosecutions in England and Wales also sank to 17,414 last year, compared with 32,571 in 2009.

Not Enough in Place to Combat Use of Phones

The RAC spokesman stated that his organisation believed that there was a number of reasons for the increase in the number of people not being prosecuted. One was that the law failed to keep up to date with the new developments of mobile phones while the spokesman also stated that there were not enough police officers monitoring the situation and technology was not being adapted to catch those who were breaking the law.

Legislation on the use of mobile phones when driving was introduced in 2003 and resulted in a £100 fine and three penalty points on a licence. Mobile phone use was a contributory factor in 492 road accidents last year, up 40% in comparison to figures from 2010. Use of such devices on the road is considered to be a major concern by just over a third of all motorists, according to RAC research.

The House of Commons’ Transport Committee is due to hear evidence this month as part of an inquiry into the effectiveness of road traffic law enforcement.

Road Traffic Accidents: Making a Claim

If you are involved in a road traffic accident and injured through no fault of your own, you have every right to make a personal injury claim. Sadly road traffic accidents are one of the most common type of accidents in the UK with negligence being one of the main reasons for such accidents occurring in the first place. If your injury occurs as a result of negligence or if another driver was on their mobile phone at the time of your accident we believe that you should be able to take legal action and hold those responsible to account.

To make a personal injury claim, our team of solicitors will require as much evidence as possible to build the strongest possible case. This will include basic details about the accident such as where and when it occurred as well as evidence to verify your account such as witness statements and even a medical report to show the extent of your injuries,

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A sheriff has ruled that safety failings when reversing a roller on a construction site was responsible for the death of a man following a fatal accident in the workplace in Perthshire. 

David McClorey died from blunt force trauma during a reverse operation after he became trapped between a roller and a digger. Mr McClorey had been working on a site to raise electricity pylons. 

Despite receiving CPR and paramedics arriving, Mr McClorey died at the scene.

Fatal Accident Inquiry 

A fatal accident inquiry into the death of the 31-year-old heard that the accident occurred as the workers were attempting to syphon fuel from one vehicle to another. Mr McClorey had been guiding the vehicle back toward the digger but got trapped and crashed as a result. 

The inquiry heard from the driver of the vehicle that there was a visual of Mr McClorey for the vast majority of the time when completing the maneuver with communication occurring through hand gestures. 

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For the second year in a row, Glasgow streets have topped the most polluted in Scotland, with figures showing that the air pollution in the city is getting worse and could lead to a series of illnesses and respiratory issues for the people of Glasgow. 

Glasgow’s Hope Street is the most polluted street in Scotland, remaining one of the UK’s worst roads for air quality. Worryingly, the statistics from the Scottish Government show that despite efforts from councils to get the public to use public transport, the quality of air is getting worse. 

Kills Over 2,000 A Year

Statistics from Dumbarton Road and Byres Road in the city showed that quality was worse than it was the previous year. Estimates show that road pollution kills over 300 Glaswegians a year.

Air pollution can create breathing difficulties for many people and be a factor in spreading illness and disease. Motor vehicles are the main reason for air pollution, which is believed to kill over 2000 people a year across the country and cost the NHS £2 billion annually, vastly surpassing the number killed in road traffic accidents.

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A new Bill proposed by the Scottish Government could see negligent bosses face life in prison following a fatal accident in work, under new plans to tackle health and safety malpractice.


Comes after evidence

The bill has been backed by by the UK's biggest trade union Unite following evidence from the HSE which showed that 40% of construction sites fell below health and safety standards with mismanagement and failure to plan and comply with health and safety regulations being one of the major problems in the Scottish workplace.

The move aims to punish those who knowingly endanger the life of workers by failing to have proper health and safety matters in place.

Tackle Recklessness

MSP Richard Baker, who proposed the new Bill that is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament said: "Scots law is currently not adequate to deal with companies where there has been a fatality because of negligence or recklessness.”

He added:”Directors and managers responsible for health and safety should be criminally liable when there are deaths caused by negligence or recklessness."

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If you have been involved in an accident at work that was not your fault, or have been involved in an accident due to negligence, contact us today using our online contact form.

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Protecting, the risk assessment company, have published research that shows that 74% of UK workers fear reporting poor health and safety in their work place.  These employees fear that complaining about health and safety in their work place may single them out as being a problem employee and cost them their job or hinder promotion plans.

This concern for job security and proseperity means that many dangerous health and safety violations in factories, construction sites, shops and offices go unreported for too long, if at all.  

The survey by Protecting involved 1600 employees from various job backgrounds across the United Kingdom, the survey found:

•74% of employees surveyed would be too afraid to report a health and safety concern at work

•81% were too scared to report a health and safety problem if they believed it to be trivial. Things such as broken furniture or flooring being in disrepair.  

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