Police Service and The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) disclosed unused material to the defence solicitors. This is consistent across England and Wales. The instructions provide advice on efficient file management, taking into account the Prosecution Team Manual of Guidance for Preparation, Processing and Submission of Files and agreements reached between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the CPS.
‘The Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.
The using of a mobile phone offence occurs when ‘a person is driving a motor vehicle on a road and is using a hand held mobile phone’. The legal position is that the mobile phone is considered to be hand held if it is actually held at some point during the action of making or receiving a telephone call.