Using Mobile Phone Behind The Wheel – Fatal – CU80

Using Mobile Phone Behind The Wheel – Fatal

In a BBC Radio 5 programme which obtained a Freedom of Information Request to the Driver and Licensing Vehicle Agency DVLA, it reported that 600 people have been caught driving whilst distracted behind the wheel three times.

One driver apparently was caught 5 times.

These endorsements by the police to drivers distracted are called CU80 endorsements.  These type of endorsements are defined as follows:

CU80Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, mobile telephone etc3

The penalty carries with it 3 points on a motorist licence.  But in reality it is little deterrent to the daily use of mobile phones at the wheel which we see on our UK roads.

But Causing Death By Dangerous Driving Using Mobile Phone?

Whilst some drivers will get caught and charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst using a mobile phone the only punishment will be 3 points and a fine.  But think about what may or could happen if that momentary lapse of concentration did kill someone on the road.  A charge for causing death by dangerous driving can be made.

The charge of;

CU80 – Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, mobile telephone etc

Could leads to something much worse:

DD80 – Causing death by dangerous driving-  mobile telephone etc

or

CD80 – Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving – mobile phone usage

Endorsements and Offences

The information below is taken from the GOV.UK website which sets out the motoring penalty points for various charges in addition to the serious offences listed above.

Causing Death by Dangerous Driving – Mobile phone use

These codes must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

CodeOffencePenalty points
DD10Causing serious injury by dangerous driving3 to 11
DD40Dangerous driving3 to 11
DD60Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle3 to 11
DD80Causing death by dangerous driving3 to 11
DD90Furious driving3 to 9

Causing death by Careless Driving

Codes CD80 and CD90 must stay on a driving record for 4 years from the date of the conviction.

CodeOffencePenalty points
CD80Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving3 to 11
CD90Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers3 to 11

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Posted: December 17, 2016 at 5:02 pm


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