Drink Driving

Figures revealed show that deaths and serious injuries from accidents that have involved drink driving have risen for the first time in a decade. There were 280 fatalities last year compared with 250 in 2010 while serious injuries rose to 1290 from 1250.

The rise in drink drive casualties follows a drop in 2010, when drink drive fatalities were at their lowest in thirty years. The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ chief executive Simon Best said “any rise in drink drive casualties is worrying, with 15% of all road fatalities involving a drink driver there is clearly more to be done to reduce casualties. The problem is many crashes occur the morning after, there needs to be more education on the effects of driving after drinking. A heavy night drinking could leave you over the limit the morning after. The message to all drivers is don’t drink and drive.”

The road safety charity, BRAKE, said “we are calling on the government to take decisive action on this major killer, including a zero tolerance drink drive limit, to send out a clear message that it’s none for the road, and greater priority given to traffic policing, so we have more police carrying out life-saving enforcement.” There is a concern with a zero tolerance limit as a limit of zero alcohol in the blood sounds good, but if you eat any food that ferments, small amounts of alcohol will be found in the blood, so the limit cannot be literally zero.

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs carries an average sentence of 4.35 years. Fines for drink driving are lower in real terms than they were ten years ago. In 2001 the average fine for drink driving was £203, the average £240 fine in 2011 was equivalent to just £178 in 2001 prices which is a 12.3% decrease.

by Geraldine Ashton Green, motoring.co.uk

How to Apply for your 1st Provisional Driving Licence

Welcome to the brand new Learning Blog of teresa-allen.co.uk! We thought we’d take our first steps here in the blogosphere helping you as you take your first steps closer to the freedom of the open road.

You’ll have to get yourself a provisional driving licence if you are going to learn to drive a car or motorcycle and there’s no reason not to do that right now! There are countless miles of road out there to be explored, in this country as well as across the continents of the world. Sure, it’ll take up to three weeks before you hold your provisional licence in your hands but you have everything you need to get started right now! Let’s get you on the road!

I’m serious now; You cannot take driving lessons until you have received your first provisional licence … If you put this off until next week, it’ll be up to four weeks before you can start driving- 5 weeks if you wait until the week after and so on! … Don’t put it off. Check out the video below and get started now!

Apply online

You can apply for your provisional licence online, from the comfort of your home and within a reassuring distance of the plentiful bounty of the refrigerator right now using the secure and fairly straightforward service offered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Watch the video, then click the link below to get started now: There is plenty of information on the pages that follow…

Get your first provisional driving licence online NOW!

Psst … if you’ve had a provisional licence before you can’t use this online service!

Applying by Post

Another way to apply for your first provisional licence is to fill out the famous D1 form; you can get this from your local branch of the Post Office®. Filling out a D1 form will cost you £50.00, a bic pen and you will need to enclose identity documents. Also, you may have to wait in line at the wholly unimpressive speed of 0mph for a while but trust me … it’s worth it!

Your Post Office® may offer a premium checking service (that is, they will check your original identity documentation for you), otherwise, fill out the D1, get your self a colour passport-style photograph then bung it, some cash and the required identity docs in the envelope and send it back to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD (yes, that is the whole address)…

Aaarrggghhh… I’ve Been Waiting HOURS For My Licence!

The DVLA aims to get your driving licence out to you within’ three weeks. Don’t bother contacting them to ask where it is after 2 days (although I do admire your tenacity)…

Proud Owner of your 1st Provisional Licence?

It’s time to hit the road, practice and hone your skills start learning driving theory. If you are in Kent, call 07727 600994 or email teresaallen57@gmail.com to arrange your driver training! Good Luck!