Feeds

Texting peer gets prison

12 weeks for dangerous driving

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.