A large number of motorists face a police prosecution for using their mobile phones to take photographs following a crash on the M1 motorway in Bedfordshire.
The accident caused 14 miles of tailbacks. Whilst motorists were driving past, at low speed, they were videoed by the police whilst using their mobile phones to take photographs of the accident.
More than 18,000 speeding motorists have been fined for speeding
offences on the motorway between Junction 18 and Junction 20.
Whilst the vast majority of the speeding fines have been dealt with by way of a conditional offer a fixed penalty
, in relation to the higher speeding offences recorded by the cameras there have been a large number of police prosecutions involving cases before the magistrates court.
Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has indicated that 73 motorists per day, on average, are caught by the speed cameras.
The use of any of the facilities on a mobile phone whilst driving is an offence. This can result in a Magistrates Court prosecution in certain cases, alternatively the police may offer a fixed penalty of 3 penalty points upon the driving license and a fine of £100.
With regard to the causes of fatal road traffic accidents, there are a "fatal 4"preliminary causes of deaths whilst driving. These include drink-driving
, failing to wear a seatbelt, speeding
and using any function on the mobile phone whilst driving.