01/12/2011

'Virtual Court' To Help Sentence Drink Drivers

Drink Drivers caught in the act over Christmas could loose their licences within 90 minutes of being charged with the help of a "virtual court".

The idea of a "virtual court" is that video links between stations and courts will be used to help hand out swifter punishment to motorists found under the influence.

Senior police chiefs announced their plans of a "virtual court" during their annual crack down on drink driving over the festive period today.

If accused motorists plead or are found guilty at the first hearing, then the magistrate could take away their driving licence immediately, meaning they could be banned on the day they are charged.

"Virtual courts" were trialled last year during the drink-drive campaign season with nearly 17 people being trialled this way. In one case the offender lost his licence within 90 minutes of being charged.

(LB)

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