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Lethal texting drivers should face harsher punishment, blast IAM

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:00

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BLAST: IAM insist texting drivers should pay

Texting motorists convicted of causing death by dangerous driving should be given stronger and more consistent penalties, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have insisted.

IAM analysis of eleven recent prosecutions involving mobile use revealed the average sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is four-and-a-half years in prison and a seven-year driving ban.

In all of the cases analysed, the convicted drivers were found to have lost their concentration due to using their mobile phone.

This caused six incidents where vehicles ran into the back of stationary or slow-moving traffic, three head-on collisions and two pedestrian deaths.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “The maximum sentence available to the courts is fourteen years, so there is still scope for an even stronger road safety message that drivers who kill whilst distracted on their phones will be caught and jailed for a long time.

“The lesson here is obvious: never use your phone while driving.

“Whether you have a hands free kit or use loudspeaker, it doesn’t matter.

“Using your phone in any capacity reduces your attention from the task at hand – driving.”

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  • MisterDave says...September 21, 2013 (10:40)

    Evan Highlander: Feel free Call it cobblers when you too have buried a family member, mowed down in their teens by a “professional experienced” driver who couldn’t be bothered pulling over for 2 minutes to answer a text. I only hope it takes something less than another fatality to bring home some common sense to you.

    As for policing, they’d rather measure number plate letters for easy fine revenue and leave the text maniacs to slaughter our nation’s youth!

  • Anonymous says...September 21, 2013 (10:28)

    Evan Highlander: Feel free Call it cobblers when you too have buried a family member, mowed down in their teens by a “professional experienced” driver who couldn’t be bothered pulling over for 2 minutes to answer a text. I only hope it takes something less than another fatality to bring home some common sense to you.

    As for policing, they’d rather measure number plate letters for easy fine revenue and leave the text maniacs to slaughter our nation’s youth!

  • Evan Highlander says...September 19, 2013 (15:19)

    Usual Coblers from a so-called professional organisation just wanting to get itself heard. I didn’t like commenting in the past , but recent experiences resulting from them and “their kind” has caused me a lot of grief. Blame the Driving Instructors and the Examination methods before you tar the experienced drivers. As for Policing ? Huh….. just another excuse for easy money…. Are the clowns who put forward all this legislation and “Codes of Practice” fit for purpose. I could go on… but I’m sure others will wish to contribute.. n’est pas ?