Driving experts' warning about dangerous driving in Bolton after three men sentenced for death crashes

The Bolton News: The scene of the accident in Bradford Street, The Haulgh, in which truck driver Andrew Patton caused the death of motorcyclist Michael Stockton The scene of the accident in Bradford Street, The Haulgh, in which truck driver Andrew Patton caused the death of motorcyclist Michael Stockton

TWO advanced drivers have spoken out about careless driving in Bolton in the wake of three men who killed people after “momentary lapses” behind the wheel.

The drivers included Reece Hussain, aged 22, of Ainsdale Road, Bolton; Andrew Patton, aged 32, of Greenhaven Close, Walkden and Mohammad Asghar, aged 24, of Sledmere Close, Bolton.

All were sentenced for causing death by careless driving at Bolton Crown Court within days of each other earlier this month.

Hugh German, a member of Bolton and District Advanced Motorists, and Brian Lee, a retired traffic officer, have hit out in reponse to the worrying trend.

Mr German said: “I am sure we will find a lot more cases as there’s so much careless driving going on as people are thinking about other things.

“People are on their mobile phones. Even if it’s hands free, it’s distracting.

“If I had my way I would ban the radio in cars apart from traffic updates. If you are listening to people talking your mind is not on the driving.

“When you are driving you need to be ready to cope with everything.”

He said Bolton and District Advanced Motorists, a registered charity, runs advanced driving courses to promote safer driving.

Mr Lee, from Bolton, who worked for GMP’s Bolton traffic and motorway units for more than 20 years, believes fewer crashes would take place if more traffic officers were policing the borough’s roads.

He added: “The standard of driving is pretty low.

“There aren’t many police patrols about and I don’t think they are going to rectify it. When people see a police officer on the road they look at their speed.

“In each of the death by careless driving cases this month there has been a lack of concentration.”

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2:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Regulatory Man says...

Driving idiocy and road rage is the norm now. Red traffic light jumping knowing full well there's little chance of getting caught is also the norm at most sets of lights in and around Bolton let alone nationally.

The Police have no enforcement because they have no funds to pay for it but even then is it their fault? No it's our fault at the end of the day no one elses.

Drivers are now easily getting away with being drunk and drug influenced, driving with no licence, insurance, MOT and not only in unroadworthy cars (how many cars do you see in Bolton with lights half working or not at all?) either.

Then we have those reading while driving things like books, newspapers, mobile phones, texting, updating Facebook etc. Yes I've seen every single one of these things happen first hand in Bolton and other places, regularly. In fact I watched a guy with his iPad open across the steering wheel of his Vauxhall the other day as Facebook was clearly the most important thing for him at 50MPH on St Peters way. (I kid you not).

We need traffic cameras at red light junctions to catch the many jumping them. And it's not young lads either it is all types young, old, male, female, workers the lot and of all age groups. Not going through as they change but deliberately driving through because their attitude is - "I couldn't care less."

We need much more traffic enforcement. We need stiffer sentences for those once caught and I don't mean 3 points and a fine.

Just because you don't cause an accident or kill someone doesn't mean you should get away with it time and again. Were too blooming soft with these idiots.

We need drivers and passengers to take responsibility for what they are doing out on the roads. They are literally getting away with Murder some of them.

No excuses - Just sort your lives out people and stop blaming all but yourselves for it.

And councils start putting cameras where they might matter and reduce accidents rather than fund your dwindling coffers.
Driving idiocy and road rage is the norm now. Red traffic light jumping knowing full well there's little chance of getting caught is also the norm at most sets of lights in and around Bolton let alone nationally. The Police have no enforcement because they have no funds to pay for it but even then is it their fault? No it's our fault at the end of the day no one elses. Drivers are now easily getting away with being drunk and drug influenced, driving with no licence, insurance, MOT and not only in unroadworthy cars (how many cars do you see in Bolton with lights half working or not at all?) either. Then we have those reading while driving things like books, newspapers, mobile phones, texting, updating Facebook etc. Yes I've seen every single one of these things happen first hand in Bolton and other places, regularly. In fact I watched a guy with his iPad open across the steering wheel of his Vauxhall the other day as Facebook was clearly the most important thing for him at 50MPH on St Peters way. (I kid you not). We need traffic cameras at red light junctions to catch the many jumping them. And it's not young lads either it is all types young, old, male, female, workers the lot and of all age groups. Not going through as they change but deliberately driving through because their attitude is - "I couldn't care less." We need much more traffic enforcement. We need stiffer sentences for those once caught and I don't mean 3 points and a fine. Just because you don't cause an accident or kill someone doesn't mean you should get away with it time and again. Were too blooming soft with these idiots. We need drivers and passengers to take responsibility for what they are doing out on the roads. They are literally getting away with Murder some of them. No excuses - Just sort your lives out people and stop blaming all but yourselves for it. And councils start putting cameras where they might matter and reduce accidents rather than fund your dwindling coffers. Regulatory Man

5:35pm Thu 27 Feb 14

steveG says...

The number of police officers involved in fatal incidents over recent years when either on or off duty is frightening and perhaps adds ammunition to the argument that taking the advanced driver courses just seems to reinforce the drivers belief that he,or she, can drive that little bit more carelessly because they've been on a course.
The number of police officers involved in fatal incidents over recent years when either on or off duty is frightening and perhaps adds ammunition to the argument that taking the advanced driver courses just seems to reinforce the drivers belief that he,or she, can drive that little bit more carelessly because they've been on a course. steveG

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