Man who was texting at wheel loses arms after vehicle flips across road

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A man lost his arm after he crashed his vehicle because he was texting at the wheel.

The driver has authorised police to share footage of his crash to deter others from making the same mistake.

Officers have used to footage to remind people of the fatal five offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seatbelt, and careless and inconsiderate driving.

An enquiry into the crash, which took place in Brighton, found that the unidentified driver had been using his phone while driving.

Footage captured from a dash cam in a car coming from the opposite direction shows the silver vehicle crashing and overturning, as oncoming car dodge the flipping vehicle.

Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “While we don’t wish to shock and scare people with this footage, it’s important that road users understand the serious consequences of the ‘fatal five’ offences.

“By taking personal responsibility and driving safely and sensibly, you can help us reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in Sussex and Surrey.”

According to the RAC motoring report for 2019, only 15% of drivers follow the official government advice to put their phone in their glove compartment while driving.

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The report also states that almost a quarter of all drivers, the equivalent of just under 10 million motorists, confess they make or receive calls on a handheld phone while they are driving,

Meanwhile, 17% of all drivers, say they check texts, email or social media while driving.

Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: “The video being shared by Sussex Police is a shocking display of the consequences of dangerous driving and I am grateful to those that have agreed to share this.

“It really enforces the fact that we all use the roads and must share the responsibility of ensuring the safety of ourselves and others.”

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