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Vision Track dashcam catches mobile using driver in collision

Vision Track crash

A white van man has been caught causing a collision with a fleet lorry, while talking on his mobile phone, on a Vision Track dashcam.

The Renault Master van driver was distracted by his phone call and collided into the HGV and raced away without stopping.The collision happened on a M60 slip road slip road near Oldham.

He was presented with the footage, identifying him as the guilty party by his registration plate.His insurers were issued a repair bill by the HGV's owner and he faces six points on his licence and a £200 fine.

The footage, filmed last month, has been released by in-vehicle CCTV firm Vision Track to highlight the continuing problem of drivers flouting the law by using their mobiles behind the wheel despite a recent Government clampdown.

The footage was uploaded remotely to the Vision Track cloud saving the fleet time and money by not having to bring the lorry back to base to recover the footage. The lorry needed substantial repairs due to damage to the bodywork, front headlamp and front grill.

Vision Track’s enterprise manager Phil Morrell said: "What is so disturbing about this footage is that the van driver was so wrapped up in his mobile phone call he wasn't even aware that he had smashed into the lorry. He only found out he was in trouble when he was presented with the dashcam footage later.

"It is absolutely certain that mobile phone distraction will lead to more deaths on UK roads unless we crack down on this now.

"It should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving but motorists still do it routinely when they are behind the wheel even when they have passengers.

"Department for Transport figures show that far, far more drivers are using mobiles while behind the wheel than drink driving. Yet there is strong evidence to suggest that it is just as dangerous."

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