Police will prosecute 20 Essex drivers filming A13 crash

Police will prosecute 20 rubberneckers for filming aftermath of horrific crash when HGV crushed Audi on dual carriageway

  • An Audi car was rear-ended by a lorry on the A13 dual carriageway in Thurrock
  • Emergency services rushed to the scene and found one person with injuries
  • Essex Police’s road unit tweeted a warning to the ’20 or so’ drivers who filmed incident would face fines

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 11:11, 13 October 2020 | Updated: 13:30, 13 October 2020

Police have warned 20 ‘rubberneckers’ they will be fined after filming the aftermath of a horror crash on their mobiles while driving by.

Cops blasted the drivers after they spotted clutching their phones to capture the wreckage with just one hand on the wheel.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on the A13 in Thurrock, Essex, where an Audi car had rear-ended by a HGV causing it to smash into a flat bed truck.

Cops blasted the drivers after they spotted clutching their phones to capture the wreckage on the A13 in Thurrock, while keeping just one hand on the wheel

One person sustained injuries and was taken to Queen’s Hospital in Romford following the collision.

It is not believed their condition was serious.

The crash caused large queues of traffic on the A13 and nearby M25, leading to the road being shut for much of the day.

Essex Police has now released a new photo of the incident showing the car involved wedged under a lorry in front.

Police will prosecute 20 Essex drivers filming A13 crash

‘To the 20 or so drivers who drove by one handed to film it with your phones not watching the road ahead, keep an eye on your (mailbox emoji) …as we’ll be in touch,’ said the force

And the force also issued a stark warning to drivers who they say used their phones to film the incident from behind the wheel while driving by.

‘Thankfully the driver of this car hit from behind by an HGV on the A13 earlier wasn’t seriously hurt,’ Essex Roads Policing Unit South said in a tweet.

‘To the 20 or so drivers who drove by one handed to film it with your phones not watching the road ahead, keep an eye on your (mailbox emoji) …as we’ll be in touch.’ 

Last month a 25-year-old man died in a crash on the nearby A1089 shortly before it joins the A13. 

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a blue Volkswagen Crafter van and a stationary HGV.

An air ambulance was also sent, but despite best efforts the man died at the scene.

Drivers can be fined or even lose licence for phone use at the wheel 

It has been a criminal offence since 2003 to use a phone while driving without a hands-free device.

Laws set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Road Safety Act 2006 mean motorists can receive six penalty points and a GBP200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. 

You would also lose your licence if you had passed your test in the last two years.

The legislation refers to a motorist ‘not driving a motor vehicle in a position which does not give proper control or a full view of the road and traffic ahead, or not causing or permitting the driving of a motor vehicle by another person in such a position’.

Police will prosecute 20 Essex drivers filming A13 crash

The rule also applies if you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver.

If you use a hand held devices then it must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

But in July last year, a man overturned a conviction for filming a crash, saying he was not using his phone ‘to communicate’.

This led to the government announcing plans to tighten legislation to include browsing the internet and searching playlists while driving.

 

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