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Dorset's PCC Wants Car Phone Law Changing

Martyn Underhill pcc

8:01am 10th March 2013

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for a review of the law when it comes to using phones whilst driving.

It's after a motorcyclist was killed in a road accident involving a driver using their mobile.

Biker David Bartholomew - from Bere Regis - died after a collision with former Police Special Constable Collette Carpenter a year ago, in Ferndown.

It came to light she was using her mobile on speaker phone, in her lap, when the accident happened.

The Crown Prosecution Service said they couldn't prosecute Carpenter due to lack of evidence, and the phone not being in her hand.

PCC Martyn Underhill has met with prosecutors to understand why she wasn't convicted.

He thinks the law needs changing and is now calling for a review into using phones behind the wheel.

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