Following on from my thread the other day about my recent incident, by coincidence I received a letter today from Cleveland Police - the force dealing with the Merc driver who smacked me up the ar*e end in April. They are proposing to offer the driver the DIS as well. Surprised would be an understatement! Bearing in mind that this was the aftermath of his actions....
and was caused purely and simply by him driving too close and not paying attention.
Couple of quotes from the letter....
"From a consideration of the facts currently available, I have concluded that (the driver) was sufficiently blameworthy to justify further police action..........
While there is sufficient evidence in this case to justify a prosecution, there is no provision in law for a Magistrate to order such retraining and the imposition of a fine and fixed penalty points will not do anything to correct poor driving habits"
I think he's a very lucky chap to be offered the DIS, when you bear in mind that my incident was a minor RTA (WPC's words) with minor damage to both cars.
I know it's different Police forces, but it does seem to confirm that overall they are pushing the offering of the DIS. In the past I think my incident would have ended with no further action. It's clear from the wording of the letter that this driver would probably have been prosecuted.
Seems to be that if you have an accident these days (that ultimately can have the blame aimed at you) they're steering most people to the NIS - instead of no further action or a prosection. Obviously the far more serious/dangerous incidents will still have prosecutions.
I'm not trying to make any of this sound like I think it's unfair that I was offered the NIS. Yes, my incident was down to a set of unfortunate circumstances - namely an accident ahead of me round a corner - but at the end of the day I still clipped a near stationery car on a country road. I think it's actually a good thing that the NIS is being offered more as, in this guy's case, slapping him with a fine and points isn't going to improve his driving!