Two lorry drivers have been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving in separate road traffic accidents. James Wingfield, 36, was jailed for three years after admitting three counts of causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court. His lorry ploughed into a car killing Stacey Gitsham, 26, and her son Joshua, two, and 11-week-old Georgia, in December 2005. The court heard that Wingfield was not speeding at the time of the accident on 8 December, but that the crash was the result of a ‘prolonged period of inattention.’ Judge Nicholas Coleman said Wingfield would serve half his sentence before being eligible for parole and would be disqualified from driving for at least three years.

In a second incident, lorry driver John Payne, 31, who was using his mobile phone just before he smashed into a stationary car and killed 23-year-old Trinity Taylor, was jailed for four years. Payne, who had admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was also banned from driving for seven years. Sentencing Payne, the Recorder of Winchester Judge Michael Brodrick, said: “Anyone wanting an illustration of using mobile phones in a vehicle only has to look at the facts of this case.”

So called professional truck driver Peter Murray killed a family of four, including two children, on the M25 last year as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol. Murray will not only serve six years in jail for four counts of causing death by dangerous driving but also be disqualified from driving for five years thereafter and have to take an extended driving test, effectively ending his career as a driver.