Tougher mobile phone penalties

The IAM has called for tougher and more consistent penalties for drivers causing death whilst using a mobile phone

The IAM looked at eleven recent cases where a driver had been prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving whilst using a handheld phone on the basis that they had lost concentration. Out of the eleven incidents, two involved the death of a pedestrian, three involved head-on collisions and six were due to a vehicle running into the back of traffic. The average sentence was 4.5 years in prison and a 7 year disqualification. The IAM is calling for stronger sentences to be handed out – the maximum sentence available is 14 years.

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