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Plea to drivers over mobile use
Trinity Taylor (r) and  her sister Kristy Anderson (l)
Kristy Anderson's sister Trinity Taylor died instantly in the crash
The grieving sister of a woman who was killed in a crash caused by a lorry driver using his mobile phone has called for phone use in cars to stop.

John Payne, from Chesham, Bucks, had been dialling the lorry cab's mobile phone moments before the crash on the M3 near Basingstoke, Hants, in 2005.

Trinity Taylor, 23, from Aldershot, Hants, was killed in the accident.

Her sister, Kristy Anderson, said drivers should think before using any "legal" hands-free devices.

She said new mobile phone laws were a "starting point" but more could be done.

Miss Taylor had been driving in heavy, slow-moving traffic along the motorway in October 2005, from her home in Aldershot to her place of work in Basingstoke.

Scene of crash on M3
I can only say to people who use mobiles in a car to look at the crash picture
Kristy Anderson

Payne was travelling in a 7.5 tonne lorry when he hit Miss Taylor's Peugeot 206.

The 30-year-old had been distracted when he started to scroll through a mobile phone, legally installed in a cradle, as he drove at speed in the inside lane.

Miss Taylor suffered massive chest and head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Payne, who had admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was jailed for four years and banned from driving for seven years.

New mobile phone laws see motorists liable for a 60 fine and three points on their licence if they use a hand held mobile phone.

Mother-of-two Miss Anderson said as her family's tragedy had shown that the ban should cover all mobile phone use in cars.

Mrs Anderson said: "In an ideal world, as a member of a family who has been a victim of this, I want to say 'ban drivers for a year and fine them a thousand pounds for driving and using mobiles.

"But this is a starting point and the points on the licence will make the difference not the fine - people will not want to build up points.

"I can only say to people who use mobiles in a car to look at the crash picture.

"Trinity did not stand a chance. She was killed instantly and I would not wish what has happened to our family on our worst enemy.

"It's a tragic waste of life."




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