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Motorist 'took photo of fatal A2 crash from behind the wheel' - now he faces prosecution

PUBLISHED: 12:57 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 07 March 2016

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Kent Police once again warn drivers that if they are spotted using their phone while driving - for calls, texts or photographs - they face being punished

A motorist who took a photograph on his mobile phone of a fatal road smash on the A2 is set to be prosecuted.

The driver was spotted by police apparently taking a photograph of the smash on the coastbound section of the road on March 1.

In the smash, Mark Sharp, 46, from Gravesend was killed after a five car collision between Leyton Cross and junction two of the M25.

Now Kent Police is reminding motorists that the use of mobile phones while driving is illegal which includes taking photos, and action will be taken against anyone caught.

It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone while driving.

Officers can issue drivers with a £60 fixed penalty ticket and three points on their licence if they are seen either talking on the phone, texting or taking a photo while driving.

Inspector Sam Pearson from the roads policing unit said: “Whether you are talking, texting or taking a photo, you are still using a mobile phone which means you are not concentrating on the road ahead. The consequences of this not only include the fine, but you could also cause a serious collision.

“There is no doubt that if you use a phone your reaction times are impaired and you are more likely to cause injury to yourself or others. We will carry on taking action against drivers who choose to ignore this.”

The driver in question has been sent a notice of intended prosecution. That means, dependent on circumstances, they will be offered an educational course, a fixed penalty notice of £100 and three points or the option to go to magistrates court.

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