The road safety charity DriveSafe is urging motorists to concentrate at all times following the tragic case of a driver who killed a cyclist while distracted by a satnav system.
The driver, Victoria McClure, had been “fiddling with her satnav for almost 20 seconds” when she collided with cyclist Anthony Hillson, according to DriveSafe.
DriveSafe says the conviction of Ms McClure for causing death by dangerous driving – which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years – serves as “the starkest of warnings” to road users of the dangers of being distracted.
Fay Goodman, DriveSafe founder, said: “This tragic case sends out the strongest of messages that drivers need to remain alert at all times. Only a few seconds of distraction can make the difference between life and death.
“Satnavs, like mobile phones, play an important role in our lives, especially in helping us arrive somewhere on time or in dealing with an emergency, but the temptations of technology can also drive us to distraction if we are not careful.
“Ms McClure probably thought that she was doing was nothing wrong in her actions, but her 20 seconds of driving blind are almost certain to result in her going to prison and facing a driving ban.”
Through its ‘Courtesy on the Road’ campaign, DriveSafe is campaigning to make roads safer and more pleasant for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. The charity has also published a driver’s handbook, ‘DriveSafe – An Essential Guide for Motorists’, in association with Aston University.
Contact Fay Goodman on 07976 426463 for more information.