New Road Safety Initiative Announced

A new safer driving initiative has been launched, following the death of a woman who was killed by a driver as a result of an iced-up windscreen.

The initiative, called #readyfortheroad, aims to educate people about the dangers of driving unprepared and encourage best practice from all road users before they begin their journey.

The initiative has been launched by the Met police and the sister of Dr Jasjot Signhota, who was killed in 2017 crossing a zebra crossing by a driver whose view was obstructed by frost on his windscreen and failed to see her. He was jailed for 10 months and received a 23-month driving ban. 

Police warn: If you are involved in a Collison and found to be responsible for careless driving, you will be prosecuted. Andy Cox said: “We continue to work with drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists’ pedestrians and our partners at Transport for London and the DVLA to create awareness, prevent collisions and keep people safe, but make no mistake, our officers are on the lookout throughout winter to spot offenders and bring them to book.”

The penalty for careless driving, as we have told you here before, is an on the spot £100 fine and three penalty points. Serious cases go to court and can result in a fine of up to £2500 and disqualification from driving and even a prison sentence of up to five years. 

Doctors fought to save Dr Jasjot for eight hours to save her, but she died in London, in winter conditions. 

Ad Dr Jasjot’s sister said – it’s so easy for us to rush out and jump into our cars without taking time to fully clear our cars and make sure they are safe and ready for the road, but the costs can be fatal and impact not only the life of the victim but also of their family and the driver themselves. Just take a moment to imagine how you would feel knowing you were the driver responsible. Scary stuff, right?

So, if you don’t have kit to clear your car of ice, be sure to go out and stock up as we edge closer to the worst of the winter. And while we here promise the best savings on car insurance around, we can’t help so easily with previously disqualified licenses who have criminal records – not even we are going to find a deal that an insurer will be willing to take on and cover. 

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