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York man guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after speeding at 60mph through city centre

A man from York has pleaded guilty to causing injury due to dangerous driving.

Steven John Briddon of Rose Street York was sentenced to 32 months in prison and a four year and four month ban from driving.

In October 2015 Briddon drove his car at almost 60mph through York City Centre. He lost control and hit a 49-year-old woman riding a moped.

The woman from York sustained life threatening injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where she remained in a serious condition for some time.

Police have released dashcam footage that captured Briddon travelling high speed just before the collision:

Commenting on the outcome of the case Sgt Dave Foster of the Major Collision Investigation Team said:

The sentence that was passed today reflects the fact that Briddon paid absolutely no regard to the risk he was placing other road users in, by driving so irresponsibly and dangerously that night.

This was a horrific collision that was caused by excessive speed and was completely avoidable. It resulted in an innocent woman’s life being put at risk and has left her with serious and sustained injuries."

– Sgt Dave Foster


Call for outright ban on mobiles in cars

Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.

It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.


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