Yesterday a driver who had admitted causing death by dangerous driving was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment and 14 years disqualification from driving. Christopher Gard had been texting just moments before he collided with Mr Lee Martin who was riding his bicycle as part of an organise cycling event.
It is reported that Mr Gard had been convicted of using his mobile phone behind the wheel on at least 6 previous occasions and had been before the Magistrates only 6 weeks prior to the accident pleading not to have his licence revoked.
Sadly, use of mobile phones whilst driving remains common and this is a very tragic example of the potential consequences of this very dangerous and reckless habit.
Commentators are seeking better education and awareness campaigns akin to those seen for drink driving.
Texting driver jailed after causing cyclist's death