Drivers took pictures of A45 accident on phones

Drivers have been caught in the act of taking pictures of a road accident
Drivers have been caught in the act of taking pictures of a road accident

Drivers have been caught in the act of taking pictures of a road accident.

Police officers attending the scene of a serious road accident on Monday afternoon took pictures of motorists using their mobile phones as they drove past on the opposite carriageway.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Team took the pictures of the motorists using the westbound carriageway of the A45 after they were called to collision near Great Doddington.

The collision took place on the eastbound carriageway at 3.25pm and involved a large van that came off the road and rolled over.

Police and other emergency services attended the scene and two people, the driver and his passenger, were airlifted to University Hospital Coventry with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

While the other emergency services were working at the scene, police officers noticed a lot of motorists on the opposite carriageway were taking footage of the incident on their mobile phones.

So they took out their camera and began taking pictures of those motorists who will now face prosecution for committing a driving offence.

Insp Jen Helm from the Operations Tactical Unit said: “I am amazed people think there is nothing wrong with using their mobile phones to take pictures while driving, and that they think it is in any way appropriate or respectful to the victims of that collision.

“What might be a great Facebook update for one person could picture the spot where someone’s daughter or father took their last breath.

“The officers had completed their investigations and were waiting for the other emergency services to finish their work before re-opening the road when they spotted people with their camera phones out.

“So, as we have done in the past, the officers took their camera and photographed those people committing an offence. We will now be seeking prosecutions against those people.”

Using a mobile phone while at the wheel is a criminal offence and motorists can get points put on their licence and a fine if spotted breaking the law.

Insp Helm added: “Using your mobile phone while driving can and does lead to serious injury and sometimes fatal road traffic collisions.

“The problem is that because it does not happen every time someone uses a phone, people get careless and think they are special, somehow immune to distraction.

“The drivers we photographed all gambled with other people’s lives that day.

“When it does go wrong, I promise no photograph in the world will make the family of the victim think it was worth it.”