Young driver injured friends

A newly-qualified driver “laughed and told passengers ‘watch this’” before crashing her car at more than double the speed limit.

Amy Smith crashed her Volkswagen Golf into two parked cars, severely injuring herself and four passengers.

The 18-year-old, from Peartree Close, Milton-under-Wychwood, had passed her driving test five days before the accident on June 26 last year.

She was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday after admitting dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Jonathan Stone said Smith overtook a friend’s car just before entering a 30mph zone in Leafield where she lost control and clipped the kerb. At the crash scene, the car’s speedometer was stuck on 70mph.

He said passenger Thomas Gonzales “recalls the defendant saying ‘watch this’ and refers to the defendant laughing...as the vehicle lost control”.

All passengers suffered whiplash, cuts and bruises, and Smith broke her leg.

Clare Fraser, defending, said Smith had since suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and lost the friendships of her passengers.

Smith was given a year’s supervision and told to do 100 hours of unpaid work, with a four-day restorative justice requirement.

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She must also pay £275 costs and £400 compensation, and was banned from driving for three years. She must sit an extended re-test.

Recorder Nicholas Cole said: “This accident could very easily have resulted in the death of one or more young people.”

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10:22am Sat 14 Jan 12

davyboy says...

this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!!
this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!! davyboy
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11:05am Sat 14 Jan 12

The Big Issue says...

I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again.
I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again. The Big Issue
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11:23am Sat 14 Jan 12

MrsPloppy says...

The Big Issue wrote:
I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again.
Another valuable contribution I see.
[quote][p][bold]The Big Issue[/bold] wrote: I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again.[/p][/quote]Another valuable contribution I see. MrsPloppy
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1:27pm Sat 14 Jan 12

simplicissimus says...

davyboy wrote:
this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!!
A 998cc turbo Micra exceeds a ton, without engine strain; 140mph quite easily.
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!![/p][/quote]A 998cc turbo Micra exceeds a ton, without engine strain; 140mph quite easily. simplicissimus
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1:30pm Sat 14 Jan 12

simplicissimus says...

This explains why women are safer drivers, with lower premiums...
This explains why women are safer drivers, with lower premiums... simplicissimus
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2:07pm Sat 14 Jan 12

Ms Fingerpaint says...

Anyone can be a idiot behind the wheel, regardless of age or gender or experience, but I do agree that learning to drive really starts when you pass your test.
I passed mine two years ago at the age of 31 (on the fifth attempt, having failed the first four through being too nervous and over-hesitant) and, four months later, my employer hired me a car to go to a meeting some way away (apparently it's cheaper than paying us mileage to use our own cars). Unfortunately, it was a brand spanking new 1.9L Ford Focus with all the bells and whistles, where I'd only been used to driving my beloved tatty, basic 15yr-old 1L VW Polo. I brought the hire car back the following day with a lovely big scratch down the side, where I'd lost control trying to reverse it into a tight space at low speed and had hit a fence.
Anyone can be a idiot behind the wheel, regardless of age or gender or experience, but I do agree that learning to drive really starts when you pass your test. I passed mine two years ago at the age of 31 (on the fifth attempt, having failed the first four through being too nervous and over-hesitant) and, four months later, my employer hired me a car to go to a meeting some way away (apparently it's cheaper than paying us mileage to use our own cars). Unfortunately, it was a brand spanking new 1.9L Ford Focus with all the bells and whistles, where I'd only been used to driving my beloved tatty, basic 15yr-old 1L VW Polo. I brought the hire car back the following day with a lovely big scratch down the side, where I'd lost control trying to reverse it into a tight space at low speed and had hit a fence. Ms Fingerpaint
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9:01pm Sat 14 Jan 12

davyboy says...

simplicissimus wrote:
davyboy wrote:
this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!!
A 998cc turbo Micra exceeds a ton, without engine strain; 140mph quite easily.
maybe, but insurance would be over the top with the magic word 'turbo' in the name. how about 1 ltr, with maximum power of 50-60 hp. in france, new drivers used to be limited to 80kmh, with a sticker on the bumper to show that they were novices. most had 2cv's!!!
[quote][p][bold]simplicissimus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: this is why newly qualified drivers should be limited to the number of passengers they are allowed to carry!! maybe it is also time to limit the engine size that new drivers can use to, say, 1 litre, until they learn to drive properly. people are taught to pass a test, not how to drive, and this is exactly what happens when new drivers think they know what to do. a very lenient sentence, if you ask me!![/p][/quote]A 998cc turbo Micra exceeds a ton, without engine strain; 140mph quite easily.[/p][/quote]maybe, but insurance would be over the top with the magic word 'turbo' in the name. how about 1 ltr, with maximum power of 50-60 hp. in france, new drivers used to be limited to 80kmh, with a sticker on the bumper to show that they were novices. most had 2cv's!!! davyboy
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10:54am Mon 16 Jan 12

Accelebrate says...

Ms Fingerpaint wrote:
Anyone can be a idiot behind the wheel, regardless of age or gender or experience, but I do agree that learning to drive really starts when you pass your test.
I passed mine two years ago at the age of 31 (on the fifth attempt, having failed the first four through being too nervous and over-hesitant) and, four months later, my employer hired me a car to go to a meeting some way away (apparently it's cheaper than paying us mileage to use our own cars). Unfortunately, it was a brand spanking new 1.9L Ford Focus with all the bells and whistles, where I'd only been used to driving my beloved tatty, basic 15yr-old 1L VW Polo. I brought the hire car back the following day with a lovely big scratch down the side, where I'd lost control trying to reverse it into a tight space at low speed and had hit a fence.
Did you really lose control at parking speeds? Really?

Sounds like you need to look into some extra lessons!
[quote][p][bold]Ms Fingerpaint[/bold] wrote: Anyone can be a idiot behind the wheel, regardless of age or gender or experience, but I do agree that learning to drive really starts when you pass your test. I passed mine two years ago at the age of 31 (on the fifth attempt, having failed the first four through being too nervous and over-hesitant) and, four months later, my employer hired me a car to go to a meeting some way away (apparently it's cheaper than paying us mileage to use our own cars). Unfortunately, it was a brand spanking new 1.9L Ford Focus with all the bells and whistles, where I'd only been used to driving my beloved tatty, basic 15yr-old 1L VW Polo. I brought the hire car back the following day with a lovely big scratch down the side, where I'd lost control trying to reverse it into a tight space at low speed and had hit a fence.[/p][/quote]Did you really lose control at parking speeds? Really? Sounds like you need to look into some extra lessons! Accelebrate
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11:50am Mon 16 Jan 12

Phian says...

I cannot agree that people only learn to drive after passing the test.
A good driving instructor will teach the skills necessary but too many new (and plenty of experienced) drivers think the rules don't necessarily apply to the situation and they overestimate themselves and the car. If everyone drove the way motoring school taught them, the roads would be a safer place.
Who amongst us can truly claim to always drive within the rules ? We can only hope that everyone drives within their capabilities.
I cannot agree that people only learn to drive after passing the test. A good driving instructor will teach the skills necessary but too many new (and plenty of experienced) drivers think the rules don't necessarily apply to the situation and they overestimate themselves and the car. If everyone drove the way motoring school taught them, the roads would be a safer place. Who amongst us can truly claim to always drive within the rules ? We can only hope that everyone drives within their capabilities. Phian
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4:17pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Oxford Male says...

Regards the punishment, forget age / gender. Given this offence which could easily have resulted in death a much longer ban and much heavier fine at the very minimum would have been appropriate imho at the very least. If not a custodial sentence.
Regards the punishment, forget age / gender. Given this offence which could easily have resulted in death a much longer ban and much heavier fine at the very minimum would have been appropriate imho at the very least. If not a custodial sentence. Oxford Male
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5:30pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Ab Boy says...

Thats why the country is in the state its in when people like Mrs Ploppy ridicules someone for saying that we should come down harder on these idiots!!

What would you have done Mrs Ploppy, tell her its all ok no harm done, try not to do it again, send her on a holiday to Spain to recover and give her some counselling to make sure she is ok?????

OR DO YOU JUST POST ON HERE WITH SILLY COMMENTS JUST TO GET A REACTION??

Please tell us how you would have dealt with the poor little blameless female??
Thats why the country is in the state its in when people like Mrs Ploppy ridicules someone for saying that we should come down harder on these idiots!! What would you have done Mrs Ploppy, tell her its all ok no harm done, try not to do it again, send her on a holiday to Spain to recover and give her some counselling to make sure she is ok????? OR DO YOU JUST POST ON HERE WITH SILLY COMMENTS JUST TO GET A REACTION?? Please tell us how you would have dealt with the poor little blameless female?? Ab Boy
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9:41pm Mon 16 Jan 12

The Big Issue says...

MrsPloppy wrote:
The Big Issue wrote:
I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again.
Another valuable contribution I see.
And I bet you drive like a National Trust member in a Rover..
[quote][p][bold]MrsPloppy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Big Issue[/bold] wrote: I note the solicitor cited "post traumatic stress." Surely brown knickers post accident would be more appropriate? Are we meant to have sympathy for her? Lifetime ban and 5 years inside if she's caught behind the wheel again.[/p][/quote]Another valuable contribution I see.[/p][/quote]And I bet you drive like a National Trust member in a Rover.. The Big Issue
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10:53pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Ab Boy says...

Big Issue

Surely she rides a bike, wears trousers and very fetching FLAT shoes!!!
Big Issue Surely she rides a bike, wears trousers and very fetching FLAT shoes!!! Ab Boy
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8:38pm Wed 18 Jan 12

Darkforbid says...

┄OR DO YOU JUST POST ON HERE
WITH SILLY COMMENTS JUST TO
GET A REACTION??┄

No that's my job!!!

And its novice driver makes error, not really a throw the book offence, is it!
┄OR DO YOU JUST POST ON HERE WITH SILLY COMMENTS JUST TO GET A REACTION??┄ No that's my job!!! And its novice driver makes error, not really a throw the book offence, is it! Darkforbid
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