POLICE released video of a driver on his mobile phone crashing into the back of a Land Rover.
The footage was recorded on Mark Loughlin’s own dash camera before the collision on a roundabout in Somerset.
Loughlin, 50, admitted to driving carelessly or carelessly after causing the crash using his cell phone.
He was sentenced by Bath Magistrates’ Court earlier this month to be fined Â£ 482, nine penalty points and must pay Â£ 110 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 48.
The incident took place around 1:15 p.m. on September 29 last year as Loughlin, of Yate, was driving his CitroÃ«n Relay on the A370.
Shortly after the East Brent roundabout, his cell phone rang.
He can be heard saying: “Wait” as he tries to connect the phone to his Bluetooth hands-free kit.
He then collided with the Land Rover Discovery after failing to notice it was stationary and pointing right to turn onto Old Bristol Road.
The driver of the Discovery, a woman in her sixties, was first trapped in her vehicle and was later taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries.
Loughlin suffered no injuries. Both cars sustained significant damage.
PC Investigator Owen Davies said: âThe shocking images of this incident clearly illustrate the dangers of driving while distracted.
âAn innocent motorist sustained significant injuries. We are fortunate not to talk about fatalities.
âDistracted driving is a leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities on the roads.
“Research shows that drivers using a phone – mobile or hands-free – are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and their driving is impaired to a similar degree to that of a drunk driver.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO.
- Turn off your phone completely while driving.
- Download and use an app that blocks calls – you can also message all the callers you drive and relax knowing the vast majority of people argue that they don’t use a cell phone while driving.
- Use a cell phone blocking pouch.
- Store your phone in the glove box or trunk.
- Never view driving time as an opportunity to catch up on emails or social media or chat with friends and family.
- Follow the #StandingUpForHangingUp conversation on social media and make a public commitment not to use a phone while driving.
- Motorists seen driving dangerously or causing concern can be reported immediately by calling 999 (101 for non-emergency cases).
- A Dashcam, cell phone or other on-board camera capturing traffic violations can be downloaded by clicking HERE.