Driver sentenced for mobile use

A 50-year-old man has admitted driving without due care and attention. He caused a collision while using his mobile phone at the wheel. He has been fined and given nine points on his driving licence.

Mark Loughlin was sentenced at Bath Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 October to a £482 fine. He was given the driving points on his licence and ordered to pay £110 costs and £48 victim surcharge.

At about 1.15pm on the 29th September 2020, Loughlin was driving his Citroen Relay on the A370. Shortly after passing the East Brent roundabout his mobile phone rang. Whilst attempting to connect the phone to his Bluetooth hands free kit, he collided with a Land Rover Discovery. He had failed to notice that it was stationary and indicating right to turn into Old Bristol Road. 

Both cars suffered significant damage. The driver of the Discovery, a woman in her 60s, was initially trapped in her vehicle. She was later taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries. Loughlin suffered no injuries.

Speaking after the sentencing, PC Owen Davies, investigating officer, noted: “The shocking footage of this incident clearly illustrates the dangers of driving whilst distracted.  An innocent motorist suffered significant injuries – we are fortunate not to be talking fatalities.

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