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Dressing up for Halloween? Don't dress and drive!

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If you are considering dressing up for Halloween, to go to a party as a scary character, be careful that your costume does not obstruct your ability to drive.

If your costume could affect your driving, you could be in breach of the Highway Code. An example could be gloves which could make your grip significantly looser.

It is also a time to be extra vigilant when it comes to the trick or treaters who are making their rounds, especially on residential roads at night where street lighting may not be as good and there are lots of parked vehicles.

What sentence can I get for driving in my Halloween costume?

Rule 97 of the Highway Code states drivers must ensure their clothing and footwear don’t prevent them from correctly using controls.

If caught, it could constitute an offence of careless driving, also referred to as driving without due care and attention. You could receive a fixed penalty notice of a fine up to £200 and 3 penalty points for this offence, however if matter is taken to Court you could face a heftier fine, up to nine penalty points or even a driving ban.

It is expected that Halloween night will be busier than usual on the roads and pavements, especially in residential areas. It is important therefore that costumes are not distracting and drivers give extra consideration to other road users and pedestrians.

How can we help?

If you find yourself facing a driving offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice.

Johnson Astills are experts in criminal law and motoring offences. Our specialist advocates in the Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with driving offences at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.

At Johnson Astills we are able to assist 24 hours of the day whether at the police station or at Court. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation.

To discuss any driving offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough office on 01509 610312.

For more information on the members of our Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills please visit our people page.