Tagged: safety

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‘You have cost the life of a wholly innocent person’: Police ‘distraction’ plea after lorry driver sentenced for …

Surrey Police[1] is urging people avoid distractions behind the wheel after a “loving and generous” grandmother died when her car was hit by a HGV, which had run a red light in Lingfield[2] .

Paul Russell, 66, of Staley Avenue, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, was legally using his Bluetooth hands-free mobile at the time of the crash.

However, distracted by his phone, Russell went through a red light and smashed into the driver’s side of 82-year-old Jill Turk’s Vauxhall Corsa, which was violently overturned.

Mrs Turk, who was from Lingfield, was pronounced dead at the scene[3] .

Russell on Friday (July 17) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving following the crash in Eastbourne Road[4] on August 17, 2016.

Following Russell’s conviction, Sergeant John-Paul Davis from Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit warned of the “devastating consequences” of driving distraction.

“This is a tragic case which has resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman and has been devastating for her family and friends,” he said.

“Witnesses who followed behind Russell on the day described his driving as immaculate.

Mrs Turk’s car overturned in the crash

He added: “This will have a far reaching impact on Russell and his family as, although the court recognised he did not set out on his journey to cause the death of another person, it is sadly what happened.

“What it shows is that even if you are using your hands-free and a professional driver, you can be prone to distraction which can have the most devastating consequences.”

The crash took place happed August 17, 2016 (Image: Google Street View)

Following Ms Turk’s death, a campaign set up by her granddaughter[5] to improve safety at the “dangerous” junction of Eastbourne Road and Ray Lane was backed by more than 400 people.

In a victim impact statement read out at Guildford Crown Court[6] on Friday (July 21), Mrs Turk’s family said they struggle with her loss each day.

“Learning that my mum had been killed in such horrific circumstances was beyond the most dreadful circumstances that I have ever encountered,” it read.

“Since then, coming to terms with my mum’s death and trying to comprehend that I will not see my lovely mum is totally devastating.”

The statement added: “I am struggling to deal with the loss every day, as do my husbands and sons. My mum was a thoughtful, loving and generous person.

“At the time of her death, she was on her way to visit her old school friends to deliver blankets that she had knitted for children in Africa.”

‘Cost the life of an innocent person’

Russell was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence, as well as a five-year disqualification from driving with an extended retest being required.

Judge Roger Chapple said: “By your actions, you have cost the life of a wholly innocent person. She is known to have been a fit and active lady who was thoughtful and kind.”

When speaking about the fact Russell failed to see the red traffic light, Judge Chapple added:

“The fact that you were on the phone must have had a great deal to do with that.”

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References

  1. ^ Surrey Police (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lingfield (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  3. ^ pronounced dead at the scene (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  4. ^ the crash in Eastbourne Road (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  5. ^ campaign set up by her granddaughter (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  6. ^ Guildford Crown Court (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  7. ^ App Store (itunes.apple.com)
  8. ^ Google Play for Android (play.google.com)
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Wajax distributes B’laster products in Canada

MONTREAL, Que. – Wajax is now distributing B’laster penetrant, lubricant, and rust inhibitor products to the Canadian market.

“We are pleased to be appointed the exclusive industrial distributor of B’laster products in Canada,” said Donald Charbonneau, manager of safety and mill supply products at Wajax. “We are committed to working together with B’laster to serve our industrial customers, who will appreciate the quality and performance that this lineup of products will deliver for them.”

Some of the products available through Wajax include Original PB B’laster Penetrant, which breaks away rusted or frozen parts, High-Performance White Lithium Grease, a low-odor, clean, white grease that lubricates a wide range of applications, Industrial Graphite Dry Lubricant, a quick-drying film that lubricates to help reduce wear, and Non-Chlorinated Brake Cleaner that dissolves and flushes away brake fluid, oil, grease, and other surface contaminants.

“B’laster is thrilled to be partnering with Wajax to bring its products into Canada’s industrial market,” said George Ebert, industrial sales manager at B’laster. “Wajax is the right partner for us because of its resources and technical knowledge, and because its core values and mission align with those of B’laster.”

Visit www.blastercorp.com for more information.

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Trucker jailed for using “manipulation device”

A trucker was jailed for driving a vehicle which had a pedal to turn off equipment showing how many hours he was at the wheel.

Father-of-two Krzysyztof Cwiek, 51, was caught driving a 3.5tonne lorry which was stopped in a routine check and taken to a test centre in Beeston, the Crown Court at Nottingham heard.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting[1], said the articulated lorry is registered in Poland and was fitted with “a tachograph manipulation device.”

Under road safety rules, HGV drivers must have a 45-minute break after 4.5 hours on the road.

Haulage firms and drivers can make extra money if they are able to flout the law, said Mr Knowles. He told the court that the illegal equipment was operated by “a pedal press and the keys before starting the vehicle.”

Four months’ prison was ordered for Cwiek, who lives in Celifynon, Poland. He admitted two charges of making false instruments and having an article for use in fraud.

Ania Grudzinska, mitigating, said Cwiek suffers from diabetes and chest pains. He worked hard to finance his two daughter’s progress through university.

She said his employers admitted fitting the equipment and he earned £250 weekly.

“There was not any benefit financially to a great extent,” said Miss Grudzinska. While awaiting sentence, Cwiek had been held in a cell for 22 hours a day with a Romanian man, she added.

Judge Rosalind Coe QC[2] ordered that the police could keep hold of the lorry until all investigations are complete.
She said the case was so serious that Cwiek had to be jailed immediately, adding: “You were aware of what you were doing and the motivation for it.”

References

  1. ^ prosecuting (www.nottinghampost.com)
  2. ^ Judge Rosalind Coe QC (www.nottinghampost.com)