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Warning to drivers trying to capture accidents on camera

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A man has become the latest motorist to be prosecuted for filming the scene of a road traffic accident as he drove by.

Lawrence Maravilla has admitted a charge of not being in a position to have proper control of the vehicle.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard how the 49-year-old had been driving down the A14, in East Anglia, on October 20th last year.

As he passed the scene of a collision, Maravilla was seen to hold his mobile phone out of the side of the vehicle to video the aftermath of the crash.

Unfortunately for him, police officers who were already on the scene saw what he was doing and he was subsequently summoned to court.

The defendant received three points on his licence and was ordered to pay more than £200 in fines and costs.

The proliferation of smart phones has meant that a growing number of drivers are facing court action for filming crashes.

Many forces have said in no uncertain terms that those caught will face criminal proceedings.

In a separate incident earlier this month, Warwickshire Police said that it may prosecute up to 80 drivers who allegedly filmed the scene of a lorry crash on the M40.

Inspector Lucy Sewell said that this type of behaviour was insensitive, given that people are often killed or badly injured in road traffic accidents, and also ran the risk of causing a second collision.

“We would like to remind people that it is an offence to use a handheld device such as a phone while driving, it distracts you and greatly reduces your reaction time,” she said.

“In this case, it made the already severe delays even worse for drivers behind them.”

If you are facing a charge for an offence committed while driving, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

 

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