Essex traffic and travel: 80-tonne crane ‘swerved’ on A12 as driver used phone


An 80 tonne crane is said to have “swerved” onto the A12 because the driver was using his mobile phone. Essex Police officers based in Thurrock were returning to the station after spotting the crane driver driving erratically on April 22.

The officers then stopped the vehicle, in which they discovered that the motorist was using his phone while driving. As a result, the driver was flagged and slapped with a £200 fine and 6 points on his licence.

New motoring laws came into force on March 25 in hopes of curbing the use of cellphones while driving. The set of laws enforced by the Department for Transport (DfT) means that it is now illegal in most cases to use or hold your phone while driving.

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Even just touching your phone is illegal, which means adjusting music or your sat nav is against the law under these stricter rules. If you’re caught using your phone while driving, you could be fined up to £1,000, rising to £2,500 for bus and lorry drivers, and six points on your license or a total ban on driving.

Taking to Twitter, the Essex Operation Support Group (OSG) wrote: “Morning nothing to report in #Thurrock but on return to base this morning an 80 tonne crane swerved over #A12, reason being the driver was using his mobile phone. Arrested and reported. 6 points and £200 fine pending! KEEP THE PHONE! @EPRoadsPolicing”.

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