Over Easter we determined to rearrange a gaggle experience out to the coast. About 10 or so lads and lasses rocked up and off we went. It was considerably of a ‘spirited’ experience and sadly one of many newer members wandered vast on a nook while overtaking one of many others and had a head-on with a Mini (fortunately a ‘new’ form/dimension Mini).

One way or the other, he ‘super-manned’ over the Mini and landed in a muddy area, solely bruising his ego. Nevertheless, the bike and Mini had been a write-off and the Previous Invoice duly turned up. Unbeknownst to me, a few the younger guys had GoPro cameras on their bikes and voluntarily gave plod the SIM playing cards. Idiots! And therein lies the issue.

While I wasn’t concerned within the accident (I used to be about two minutes behind), the video reveals me overtaking on double stable white traces earlier within the journey. (It wasn’t my fault; I had already dedicated to the overtake as I adopted my two mates in entrance). The Previous Invoice have reviewed the entire video and I’ve now been summoned to Court docket for driving with out due care and a focus.

My view is that is manifestly unfair as I wasn’t concerned within the accident with the Mini. I’m pondering of defending it. In response to some individuals on social media, the video shouldn’t be even authorized proof. Do you reckon I’ve a defence?

Reply

Not being concerned within the accident is irrelevant. With out wanting to evangelise, you didn’t must overtake together with your two mates, and you need to have deliberate your using higher.

Whoever on social media is saying the video is ‘not authorized proof’ is speaking absolute cobblers. The Police obtained the proof legally, i.e. somebody gave it to them, and it’s admissible in court docket.

Turning to the offence itself, overtaking on double stable white traces is normally textbook harmful driving and attracts a 12-month ban as a minimum. Driving with out due care and a focus is a lesser offence so if I had been you, I might plead responsible and take the punishment earlier than the Crown Prosecution Service get the chance to overview and probably apply to alter the cost to harmful driving.

In the event you plead responsible or are discovered responsible of driving with out due care and a focus, you’re taking a look at a punishment of between three and 9 factors and a positive.

Andrew Prendergast

Extra Bikes August 2023