THE boyfriend of a heavily pregnant woman killed by a man distracted by a phone call spoke of his pain in court as the BMW driver was jailed today. Alex Evans gave an emotional statement to Swansea Crown Court as the man who caused Rebecca Evans' death was sent to prison for three years. He spoke of his horror at having to decide to help his partner's son, Cian, or her first, as she lay covered in blood. He said: "Those pictures and feelings will never leave me as long as I live. "I had to stand and watch my loved ones die and suffer and there was nothing I could do to help them." Mr Evans said he would "never forget the look of pain and longing in (Cian's) eyes as he asked for Rebecca" and his son had spent months asking to "see mammy". He added: "The pain and suffering will never go away and I miss my girls every single moment of every day. "I will never have my perfect family back, marry my love or be a father to my daughter." In a statement read during the trial, he said there was … [Read more...] about Boyfriend’s agony at seeing ‘lifeless’ pregnant partner killed by BMW driver ‘distracted’ after hands-free call
Sponsored content from Thomas J. Henry Law Published 3:08 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 Photo: Gettyimages Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Gettyimages What Are the Deadliest Driver Distractions? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In 2013, Erie Insurance conducted a review of police report data in the Fatality Analysis reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with the goal of understanding the effects of distracted driving. In their analysis of more than 65,000 fatal crashes that occurred over the two-year period being observed, the researchers determined that roughly one in ten were the result of distracted driving. They then determined the types of distractions that were the most deadly – … [Read more...] about What Are the Deadliest Driver Distractions?
Sponsored content from Thomas J. Henry Law Published 3:01 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 Photo: Gettyimages Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Gettyimages Distracted Driving: How the Brain Deals with Driver Distractions 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In order to understand the dangers of distracted driving, you have to understand the effects distractions have on a driver’s brain. Many motorists believe they are immune to the distractions in front of them or that being aware of the distraction (and remembering to glance up at the road on occasion) somehow mitigates potential hazards – they are mistaken. The Myth of Multitasking and the Truth of “Attention Switching” If you think you are capable of texting and driving at the same time because you are a good “multitasker," here is the … [Read more...] about Distracted Driving: How the Brain Deals with Driver Distractions
Failing to pay attention to the road was always the biggest safety mistake of drivers, but in the age of mobile phones they’ve taken it to tragically fatal levels.Test messaging while driving “is by far the most alarming distraction,” New Jersey says, because it requires the visual, manual and cognitive attention of the driver.Distracted driving crashes caused 3,500 fatalities and close to 400,000 injuries in the United States in 2015. Those numbers will keep relentlessly rising since smartphone ownership has doubled since 2011.In New Jersey, distracted driving was a factor in 217 of the state’s 570 fatal accidents in 2016. The 602 people killed in those crashes were a 40 percent increase from the year before.Last month, a report from location-sharing-app company Life360 provided a reason why the trend is so bad in the state. New Jersey drivers are the most distracted in the nation, using a phone an estimated once every 4.7 miles, according to its 2018 … [Read more...] about NJ drivers most distracted, need more enforcement
Should a driver be involved in a crash that kills or injures another person and was using a cellphone at the time be charged with criminal vehicular operation? State Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, thinks so. He has introduced a bill that would expand the crimes of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation for drivers involved in a crashes that cause death or harm to others if they were using hands-held phones or electronic devices. Basically, that is a low-level felony. The bill will be heard at by the Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The issue of distracted driving has been a hot topic in recent weeks after a trucker using a hand-held cellphone smashed into the back of vehicle stopped at a red light at Lake Elmo Avenue on Hwy. 36 and killed that driver. Under current state sentencing guidelines, the trucker, Samuel Hicks, 28, of Independence, Wis., could up to four years in prison if convicted. Under Franke's bill, … [Read more...] about Bill would bring stiffer penalties for negligent drivers using cellphones