Anger as Tory councilor tunes in on Zoom for a virtual cabinet meeting while he drives a LORRY while police investigate
- Councilor David Brown viewed the device several times and set it up
- Lincolnshire Police and Boston Borough Council are investigating the matter
- Truck drivers can be fined a maximum of £ 2,500 if caught with a handheld device
An experienced councilor who took part in a virtual council meeting The driving of a truck was blown up because it put himself and other road users in a "dangerous situation".
Councilor David Brown, who held the letter on Tourism, Arts and Culture at Boston Borough Council, appeared from the cab of his moving vehicle at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, September 9th.
His dangerous actions were captured in a video showing him driving while connecting to the meeting with a device that sparked outrage.
Lincolnshire Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident, which took place earlier this week.
While driving, he looks at the screen and adjusts it several times. At one point he even takes his hand off the steering wheel to wave to the device and indicate his presence when he notices that his microphone is muted.
He drove for at least 20 minutes before disappearing from view – and then reappearing on screen for the remainder of the meeting after appearing to be parked.
He has now resigned from his senior position on the Council and the matter is being investigated by Lincolnshire Police and the Council.
Cllr Brown of Sutterton today, September 11th, made the following statement: “I have informed the Chairman of the Council that I have resigned my portfolio responsibilities with immediate effect.
Councilor David Brown stepped down after attending a virtual Boston Borough Council meeting while driving a truck for at least 20 minutes
"In retrospect, I shouldn't have attended the meeting while we were driving, and I will fully cooperate with all investigations."
He remains an incumbent councilor representing the Kirton & Frampton parish.
The district's chief traffic officer has criticized his actions.
John Siddle of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said, “It is clearly an unsafe practice. He shouldn't have a long phone call, let alone a video conference.
Cllr Brown said in retrospect that he should not have attended the meeting while driving and said he would cooperate fully with any investigation
“He is seen setting the device so that the other council members can see him.
“If something happened in a split second, if he were distracted, it would be entirely his fault not to forget that the rules for truck drivers using phones have increased penalties for the possible harm they can cause.
"He should have been fully aware that he put himself and other road users in a dangerous situation."
Cllr Brown was beaten up while driving his truck for attending the Zoom meeting. The matter is being investigated by the Lincolnshire Police and the Council
Opposition Councilor Peter Watson, who has worked in driver training for 16 years, said: “If you operate additional devices while driving, the driver is distracted from safely operating the controls.
“If you do this while driving a truck, it can easily lead to an accident with serious consequences and even the death of innocent people.
'This includes hands-free kits. A driver controls the lives of other drivers and passengers on the road. & # 39;
The law on the use of phones behind the wheel
It is illegal to hold a cellphone or navigation device while driving or riding a motorcycle. Drivers must have a hands-free kit such as a Bluetooth headset or a windshield mount.
The device should not block your view of the road or traffic in any way. The police have the right to stop any driver they believe is not in control and can prosecute them.
The law also applies when drivers are stopped at traffic lights, queued in traffic or supervised a learner driver.
You are only allowed to use a mobile phone when you are safely parked. You must call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or impractical to stop.
Motorists can receive six penalty points and a £ 200 fine if caught using a handheld phone while driving. They will also lose their driver's license if they have passed their driving test in the past two years.
If you do not have a full view of the road and traffic, or if you do not control the vehicle properly, this can result in three penalty points.
Drivers can also be taken to court, where they can be banned from driving or driving and they can face a maximum fine of £ 1,000 (£ 2,500 if driving a truck or bus).
Source: UK Government
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