Call for stronger penalties for texting drivers
Drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving should be given stronger and more consistent penalties, according to road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
An IAM analysis of eleven recent prosecutions involving mobile and smartphone use revealed that the average sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is four-and-a-half years in prison and a disqualification from driving for seven years.
In all of the cases analysed, the convicted drivers were found to have lost their concentration due to using their mobile phone.
Loss of concentration caused:
● Six incidents where vehicles ran into the back of a stationary or slow moving queue of traffic or a broken down vehicle
● Three incidents where vehicles drifted across the road and hit another vehicle head-on
● Two incidents leading to the death of a pedestrian