Coach driver texts on his mobile phone while at the wheel- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive News- ***August 2014***

We were contacted by a concerned passenger who had filmed a coach driver texting at the wheel putting the lives of passengers at risk. We contacted the Sunday Mirror newspaper and they used the picture of the driver caught in the act across two pages. The passenger was delighted that this appalling piece of driving had been exposed and a fee was paid for the photo.

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Crash risk exposed as coach driver texts while driving through London.


Hands off the wheel and eyes off the road... a bus driver puts the lives of more than 40 passengers at risk.

Oblivious to the traffic around him, he careers down a busy London street while typing a text on his mobile.

The National Express driver was filmed by a disgusted passenger, fed up – like millions of us – with dangerous idiots using their phones while driving.

More than 500 people are killed or ­seriously injured each year because of drivers distracted at the wheel.

So today the Sunday Mirror is launching a campaign to put the brakes on this deadly habit. We want the law changed so culprits are treated more like drink-drivers.

That means an automatic one-year ban and six penalty points for mobile use instead of the current three.

We also want fines for these lawbreakers hiked from £100 to a minimum of £1,000 for a first-time offender.

Mobile users are FOUR TIMES more likely to crash and accidents caused by them have risen every year since 2009.

Road safety campaigners warn that motorists on phones, who cause 290 deaths a year, will lead to more fatalities than drink-drivers by the end of 2015.

Our proposed reforms have received the backing of motoring organisations, including the AA, Brake and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as well as a growing number of MPs.

AA president Edmund King said: “We fully support the Sunday Mirror’s campaign. It is a real problem. The longer it goes on, the more it becomes almost accepted.

“We must address it now. Drivers would not consider drinking beer at the wheel. Driving while using a phone should be considered just as socially unacceptable.”

The passenger who filmed the bus driver agreed. Matt Powell, 30, said: “He was taking his eyes off the road for up to 10 seconds at a time even though it was really busy and the weather was terrible.

“It’s not acceptable. There were about 40 to 45 people on board and he was putting them at risk, as well as other road users.” The dangers of the habit are proved by research.

A study has shown reaction times while using a phone are 50 per cent lower – affecting a driver’s performance as much as drink and drugs. Researchers at Cranfield University in ­Bedfordshire also found motorists on phones were less able to keep a safe distance from the car in front.

One of the most chilling statistics covered braking reaction times. Tests showed drivers on a phone took 148ft to come to a stop at 70mph – 46ft further than a driver watching the road.

Other EU countries punish mobile-using drivers far more severely than here. In Ireland, drivers are fined up to €1,000 (about £800) for a first offence, rising to €2,000 and possibly jail for a second.

UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin backed our campaign. A spokesman for his department said: “We increased the fine for mobile use to £100 last August and we are reviewing its effectiveness.”

But Labour went further and pledged to increase punishments for drivers on phones if the party wins next year’s election.

Shadow roads minister Richard Burden said: “The Sunday Mirror should be commended for taking up this issue. Everyone knows how alcohol makes driving dangerous. Not so many people know that using a mobile phone at the wheel slows reactions even more. That’s why it’s vital penalties for drivers are appropriate for the seriousness of the offence.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of road safety charity Brake, said: “Hand-held phones at the wheel have been banned for 10 years, yet one in eight drivers continues to put lives at risk by flouting the law. Using hands-free kits is equally dangerous. The Government needs to act now to put a stop to this risky behaviour.”

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA road safety chief, also backed our Drive Phone Smart campaign – and warned tougher penalties would not be enough on their own.
He said: “Using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of crashing and injuring or killing innocent people. Harsher penalties for motorists will be a stronger deterrent but are unlikely to have a long-term effect.

“Without more consistent enforcement and education, the deterrent will wear off over time. If drivers do not think they are likely to get caught using their phone while driving they are not going to worry about the penalty.”

Drivers like the one pictured texting on a coach from London to Stoke.

National Express said: “We will investigate this. Any driver proven to have been using a mobile while a vehicle is in service will be removed from the network immediately.”

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