News from Brake
19 July 2017
Superintendent Mark Thornton, from Cleveland Police, has apologised for driving while using his mobile phone after being confronted with video evidence by The Northern Echo newspaper.
Commenting on the story, Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Illegal mobile phone use at the wheel is a growing menace and a major threat to lives on our roads.
"The police have to lead by example and so it's disappointing to hear of this incident. We note Superintendent Mark Thornton has apologised for his actions and we urge Cleveland Police to now conduct a full investigation.
"Research shows that using a phone behind the wheel affects reaction times as much as drink driving, increasing the chances of a deadly crash. Brake urges motorists to put mobiles on silent and out of reach when in the car, to stay focused on the road."
Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.