Car crash farmer caught drunk behind the wheel for FOURTH time was ‘distracted by his phone’

Matthew Jeffrey admitted to police he’d been distracted by his mobile phone when he veered his Land Rover Discovery into a ditch.

A farmer was caught drink driving for a fourth time when he crashed his 4X4 into a ditch on Christmas Eve.

Matthew Jeffrey was more than twice the legal limit when he decided to get behind the wheel of his Land Rover Discovery and make his way along rural roads in Fenwick, West Northumberland.

But, the 41-year-old, who was only 12 months into a four-year ban for another drink driving offence, crashed the vehicle and was arrested by police – later telling them he had been distracted because he answered his mobile phone.

Officers established Jeffrey, of Woodman Cottage, Swinburne, Northumberland, was also a disqualified driver when he blew a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in a roadside breath test, the legal limit being 35.

A court heard it was the farmer’s fourth drink driving offence since 2004 and his third since 2012.


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UK Global Road Safety win prestigious MiDAS Minibus Training Contract

UK Global Road Safety are pleased to announce that we recently signed a 3-year contract with The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), one of the country’s largest charitable care providers for older people, for delivery of their MiDAS minibus training programmes.
Kevin Packer, Managing Director of UKGRS, announced that “the company is incredibly pleased to be working with OSJCT.  Our intention is to help the Trust to achieve a high level of passenger care and comfort for their residents through the MiDAS training programmes.  We won this contract as we were prepared to go above and beyond purely delivering driver training, UKGRS always look for ways to add value to their training programmes which are tailored to each individual client”.
Representing OSJCT, Diane Kingsland, Head of Learning & Development stated, At the Orders of St John Care Trust the safety of our residents and employees is paramount and after a rigorous tender process we appointed UK Global Road Safety to deliver our Minibus Driver Training to ensure the highest standard of training to our employees”

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Mobiles may be blocked when drivers at wheel

Mobile phone signals could be automatically blocked while cars are being driven, to stop drivers being distracted at the wheel.

Ministers are to meet car manufacturers and mobile companies to discuss how new technology can be used to make it impossible to make calls or check texts and emails.

Almost one in three drivers admit to having used their phone at the wheel in the past year. Campaigners want to make the practice as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.


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Lorry driver jailed over four-death crash

A lorry driver who hit and killed a mother and her three children while using his phone behind the wheel has been jailed for 10 years.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, collided with the victims’ car on the A34 in Newbury, Berkshire, on 10 August.

The 30-year-old, from Trajan Walk, Andover, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving on 10 October.

He was scrolling through music selections before the crash.

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Use of handheld mobile phones in vehicles getting out of control

Snap, chat, text, tweet – anything goes at the wheel as motorists relax attitudes

The illegal use of handheld mobile phones is at epidemic proportions with an estimated 11 million* motorists admitting to making or receiving a call while driving in the last 12 months and a shocking five million** saying they have taken photos or videos while at the wheel of a moving vehicle.

Research for the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016 has revealed that for some, attitudes towards handheld mobile use have worryingly relaxed over the last two years. The proportion of people who feel it is acceptable to take a quick call on a handheld phone has doubled from 7% in 2014 to 14% in 2016 and the percentage of drivers who feel it is safe to check social media on their phone when in stationary traffic, either at traffic lights or in congestion, has increased from 14% in 2014 to 20% in 2016. The percentage of drivers who said it was not acceptable to take a quick call at the wheel has correspondingly fallen 6% from 84% in 2014 to 78% today.

And it is not just attitudes that are shifting – actual behaviours are changing significantly too with the percentage of drivers who admit to having used a handheld mobile phone while driving having shot up to 31% which compares with just 8% who were prepared to admit this in 2014. Similarly the proportion of drivers who ‘own up’ to sending a text, email or posting on social media has risen to 19% today compared to 7% just two years ago.


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National Collision data now available through an online map

A free web service  showing details of road collisions and casualties across Britain includes the data for  the period 2015, data that was only released a month ago by DfT.

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European Day without a Road Death 21st September 2016

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