This has sparked the call from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for a total ban on the use of mobile phones while driving. The society says that using hand-held or hands-free phones increases the chances of having an accident by four times and wants the practice made illegal.
But in 1997 the Government decided existing motoring laws were tough enough to handle the issue through heavy fines, driving bans and the possibility of prison terms. RoSPA says this latest tragedy is the sixth case in the UK where a mobile phone has been implicated in a road death. Dave Rogers, RoSPA road safety adviser, said: 'This latest tragic case reinforces our argument that there needs to be a law which states that it is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. Until there is, we believe there will continue to be accidents like this one because people do not realise how serious it is and believe they will get away with it.'
The businesswoman, Deborah Haynes from Grimsby - who escaped serious injury in the crash - was sentenced to a 12-month prison term and banned from driving for two and a half years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.