Yate van driver put woman in hospital after being distracted by his phone

October 21 2021
Yate van driver put woman in hospital after being distracted by his phone

A DRIVER from Yate put a woman in hospital when he crashed into the back of another vehicle while using his mobile phone.

Avon and Somerset police said Mark Loughlin, aged 50, was driving his Citroen Relay van on the A370 at East Brent in Somerset when his mobile phone rang in September last year. 

Police said that while attempting to connect the phone to his Bluetooth hands-free kit, he drove into the back of a Land Rover Discovery after failing to notice it had stopped to make a right turn.  

The driver of the Discovery, a woman in her 60s, was trapped in her car and needed hospital treatment for her injuries.

Loughlin, who was unhurt, admitted careless driving at Bath Magistrates’ Court in October. He was given nine points on his licence and told to pay £640 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge. 

Investigating officer PC Owen Davies called on people to switch off phones completely while driving.

He said: “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. 

“Driver distraction is one of the ‘Fatal Five’ main causes of serious injuries and death on the roads.  Research shows that drivers using a phone – handheld or hands free – are four times more likely to be involved in a collision and their driving is impaired to a degree similar to that of a drink-driver.” 

Police have published video footage from Loughlin's dashcam of the moments leading up to the accident here.