ECHO readers call for harsher punishments for drivers using their phones after HGV crash horror

ECHO readers have called for harsher punishments for drivers caught using their mobile phones after harrowing footage was released by a grieving family. The devastated family, who lost a mum and three children when an HGV collided with their car, wanted the video to deter people from using their phones at the wheel.

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Tomasz Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to four deaths by dangerous driving and a single count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after he looked away from the road to check his phone.

The scene after Tomasz Kroker’s lorry ploughed into a stationary car killing a woman and three children, while he was scrolling through music on his mobile phone, as he has been jailed for 10 years

Tracy Houghton, 45, her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11 and her partner’s daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11 were killed in the crash. In the clip, Aimee’s mum, Kate, said: “I continue to see drivers using their phones.

It sickens me. “If they had seen the devastation they brought my family, or to other families, by using phones, illegally… distracting themselves from driving a potential weapon… “Would they be as sickened as we are?”

Hundreds of ECHO readers have agreed with Kate over the shocking footage with some calling for bans to be placed on drivers found to be using their phones.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 yearsTomasz Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years

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Howard Taylor said: “Should be a ban not points for using any hand held device.” Cynicalsid added: “In this day and age the law should force vehicle manufacturers to isolate the inside of a vehicle to only allow hands free to prevent this type of tragedy. “This is a truly heartbreaking story.”

Robbie88 also said: “Surely a better deterrent would be to up the sentence of anyone who causes an accident like this. People who raid cash machines have gotten longer than that.”

(L-R) Josh, 11, and Ethan, 13, Houghton were killed in the crash(L-R) Josh, 11, and Ethan, 13, Houghton were killed in the crash

Other readers posted about situations they had seen while driving on roads around the country. Anita Pitts said: “It makes me so bloody angry…

I watched a driver going 70 mile an hour in the motorway sending a text message in a new car which must have had Bluetooth with his head down texting and his lane assist bringing him back into lane while he was distracted “The new rules mean nothing unless the police catch them.”

Aimee Goldsmith also died in the accidentAimee Goldsmith also died in the accident

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TonyRichards also said: “As a motorcyclist I see countless drivers of both sexes and all ages (except very old drivers) using mobile phones either with the phone brazenly held to the ear or texting in their lap. “In the latter case the head angle is a dead giveaway.

I think people find it impossible not to use it and even a 2 year ban would not be a deterrent.”

Nationally, the number of mobile users who text, make calls and check social media accounts has risen and “distracted driving” is expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on the roads.

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