Communicated to Dr Sean Gabb
Have you been following the story of Lord Ahmed?
He was jailed last month after admitting sending 3 text messages
and receiving 2 others about 10-15 minutes before a fatal
accident (2 minutes before he arrived on the scene) on the M1
near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Day 2007.
It is widely accepted that the accident was in no way Ahmed’s
fault and the court accepted that the texting and accident were
Ahmed had no fault in the crash, as it happened 15 minutes
before he arrived at the crash site. The crashed car was facing
the wrong direction in the fast lane when he arrived and swerved
violently to avoid it but unfortunately clipped the open door.
It had already been clipped by 2 other cars.
Martyn Gombar who was killed, was found to be drunk, which
some believe caused the crash in the first place as well as him
standing in such a dangerous place, trying to retrieve his phone.
The impact sadly killed Mr Gombar and briefly knocked Lord
Ahmed unconscious. It also resulted in injuries to his Wife and
Mother who were in the car.
Ahmed then got out to help warn other motorists before the
emergency services arrived.
It seems that the judge sent him to prison not because of anything
to do with the accident – which was not his fault – but because
he admitted to texting while driving.
This is not the first time that someone has gone to prison for this
and it will certainly not be the last.
So the question is: Did Lord Ahmed deserve to receive a prison
sentence for texting whilst driving?
Take the poll: http://btst.co.uk/poll4/
Whether he deserved it or not, I never, ever want this type of
thing to happen to any BTST Member and for that reason I called
my Installer Ian Roots of Iris In-Car last night and agreed a price
for BTST Members to have a Parrot Hands Free kit professionally
installed in your car.
I’ll email you the link later in the week when we have the page up.
All the best,