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Warning for motorists.

MOTORISTS were yesterday warned that the use of a mobile phone and falling asleep at the wheel would be regarded as ``aggravating'' factors in determining the length of jail sentences in cases where driving has caused death.

In issuing fresh guidelines on sentencing for such offences,Lord Woo lf, the Lord Chief Justice, sitting with two other senior judges at the Court of Appeal in London, identified a list of aggravating and mitigating factors to be taken into account.

The judges, whose guidelines covered death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, said that falling asleep at the wheel was ``more likely to aggravate than mitigate the seriousness of the offence''.

Another aggravating feature would be driving while the motorist's attention was ``avoidably distracted - by reading or by the use of a mobile phone,especially if hand-held'', they said.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2003
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