News has been circulating the internet about a number of drivers who will soon be prosecuted for taking out their mobile phones and recording a very serious road collision involving four lorries on the A14. A spokesman from Cambridge police said: “So far, at least 15 motorists have been stopped for filming or taking pictures of the crash site with mobile phones and are due to be prosecuted.”
Given that using a mobile phone while driving without a hands free kit is illegal, it is quite surprising that a single police officer was able to take the registrations of 15 people in such a short space of time. The actual number of offenders could well be a much higher figure.
“The crash is one of the worst I’ve ever seen on the A14”
“One of the worst I’ve ever seen”
A witness of the crash told the Cambridge News “…two lorries had crashed into one another, both cabs of the lorries are totally obliterated. The load of second lorry looked like it had come loose and shot forward. The first lorry had stopped and crashed in to the side barrier. The crash is one of the worst I’ve ever seen on the A14, I’d like to think both drivers are okay, but it would be a miracle if both of them come out unmarked.”
The crash happened just prior to 6am and one of the drivers needed to be cut from the wreckage and taken to hospital. While a traffic collision is bad enough on it’s own, it’s made worse by drivers who then choose to slow down to a crawl and hold up traffic while they take pictures and videos. While many would agree that taking a glance at the incident is only natural, it can also be seen as distasteful to film and photograph people who are genuinely hurt, panicked or in need of assistance.
Slowing down to look at crashes or “Rubbernecking” as it’s called is very dangerous and causes a great number of additional collisions in the UK every single day. Drivers are advised to give due care and attention to the road at all times, especially around accidents where there may be police officers or fire and rescue teams on foot.
Those who are prosecuted face 3 points on their licence and a fine of up to £1,000 which should be ample encouragement for motorists to just drive on by.