POLL: Should drivers be banned from using their phone in any capacity?
The family of a motorcyclist killed in a collision on the A46 near Flintham have spoken after the driver was responsible sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
John Aves, 42, suffered fatal injuries on the night of Wednesday, December 11, 2019, as he travelled on the A46 near Flintham.
Mr Aves was hit from behind by a car and knocked to the ground. Its driver, 40-year-old Natasha Labidi, was found to have been on a hands-free phone call at the time and was last month found guilty of causing death by careless driving.
After seeing Mr Aves at the last second she swerved to the outside lane but was unable to avoid a collision that sent the victim tumbling into the carriageway. Police believe he may have then been hit by another car.
Mr Aves was given first aid at the scene but died around two hours later in hospital.
Case investigator Louise Melbourne, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Whilst speaking hands free is not in itself against the law, using a phone in this way can have an effect on concentration levels and can distract attention away from the road. It can also lead to prosecution if this is determined to be a significant cause of a collision.
"I hope that people who read about this tragic case will think about their own mobile phone use and adjust their behaviour accordingly. Making or taking a phone call when driving simply isn’t worth the risk.
"The consequences, as this case demonstrates, can be devastating for everyone involved.”
Nottinghamshire Police is currently taking part in a national campaign to target drivers who use their mobile phones when driving.