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Company Driver Using Cell Phone Gets Jail Time for Fatal Accident in UK

December 22, 2003

A company vehicle driver who caused a fatal accident after making a series of phone calls on his hand-held mobile phone while driving has been jailed for five years, according to Fleet News, a UK fleet publication. Kevin Moran, a security alarm installer driving his company van, was talking to his wife on his hand-held mobile phone when he made an illegal turn into the path of motorcyclist Gary Smith, who was riding in the opposite direction on a divided highway. The pair crashed and Smith died in hospital from his injuries. Moran denied causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted by a jury last month. He maintained he had finished talking and that his phone was on the passenger seat when he made the turn. He has two previous driving convictions for speeding, and was also banned from driving for five years. But Judge Henry Globe said: 'A motorist has lost his life because your attention was avoidably distracted by the use of a mobile phone. (This month) a new mobile phone law came into force which prohibits using any hand-held telephone while driving. The sentence means Moran will spend this Christmas behind bars.
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