Police are using the case of a Peterborough woman jailed for six years for causing a fatal crash in their latest crackdown on drivers using mobiles.
Inspector Mark Rogers told Connect FM that the mobile phones of drivers involved in crashes could be analysed to determine whether they had been used at any point before the collision.
In March 2013, the 31-year-old woman caused a fatal collision on the A47 at Thorney Toll, near Peterborough, after texting and making calls from two phones.
She drove her Jaguar X-Type into the back of a Peugeot 206, shunting it into the path of an oncoming articulated lorry, killing the driver, a 27-year-old man from Leicester.
Police seized her mobile phone, which she had denied using, and a second phone from the car. Examinations showed she had sent and received both texts and calls shortly before the crash.
The woman, who had previously been caught using a mobile phone at the wheel twice, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court in July last year. She was also banned from driving for eight years.
Insp Rogers added: “This case demonstrates the potentially horrifying consequences of being distracted from driving by mobile phones.
“And it shows that any use of mobile phones will be picked up by officers investigating the causes behind the collision.
“If you don’t end up seriously or fatally injured, you may well end up serving a significant time in prison; either way it will ruin your life.”
The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is three penalty points and a fine of £100.