Texting peer gets prison
12 weeks for dangerous driving
Lord Ahmed, charged with dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before hitting a car on the M1, has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Ahmed was driving his Jaguar on Christmas Day 2007 when he hit a stationary car in the fast lane, killing the 28-year-old driver.
Three minutes before he used his mobile to call emergency services, it had been used to send a text message. The Sentencing Advisory Panel suggests using a mobile phone aggravates any driving offence because it is an avoidable distraction.
Lord Ahmed pleaded guilty to dangerous driving last year.
According to the BBC the trial judge said the texting was not connected to the fatal incident, but using a mobile phone while driving at speeds of 60mph was highly dangerous and only a custodial sentence would be appropriate.
Ahmed, who was driving his wife and mother, said shortly after the accident: "There was a red car in the third lane facing the wrong way and there was nothing I could do... It was absolutely horrendous, but I don't want to talk about it.”
A spokeswoman for Sheffield Crown Court said Ahmed got 12 weeks in prison, a 12 month driving ban and six points on his licence. He must also pay £500 prosecution costs.
Lord Watson of Invergowrie was the last peer to do time. He was sentenced for setting fire to a Scottish hotel after an awards ceremony. ®
What is a peer
You inverted snobs: a peer today is a generic term for all in the House of Lords as well as those hereditary ones booted out. So most "peers" in the House of Lords are faded potiticians or party funders and hacks promoted beyond their ability to a party-licking sinecure and, judging by most of them, sadly worse than their hereditary predecessors in education, ability or entertainment value. They are simply appointed from the usual list of self-selecting business, lawyer and union types to continue looking after theri own interests - and do not suggest elections as the answer, just to get an even more self-satisfied bunch of never-wozzer rubber stamps.
Anyway, whatever the merits of the dead man, I doubt he is any more dead because he was hit by a life peer than if hit by a poverty-stricken pensioner. The only valid point in all the stuff above is that, almost by definition, the culprit was breaking every law of proper driving (speed, visibility, care, attention) and that dangerous driving is an extremely serious offence as it involves an element of driving "recklessly" (hence the distinction from driving without due care and attention). Rest assured that his motor insuraners will punish him more expensively and for longer!
Sad to me that we are so idiotic that de facto evidence of careless driving such as using a mobile telephone while driving needs a specific prohibition when all ready covered by existing laws.
Mob at Work
All the Mob above , wanting the blood of this Peer, should learn to read and comprehend what they read.
Has the thing called comprehension been abolished in schools.
Or maybe it was never taught in UK.
I am 12000 miles away in the South Pacific and it was and may still be taught here.
@overtaking at junction