A sales executive who killed another motorist after sending text messages whilst driving has been jailed for two years.

Michael Smith of Pontypool was overtaking when he hit an oncoming car head on, killing the driver David Brown. Evidence produced in court confirmed that Smith had sent and received five text messages whilst he drove along the A492 just minutes before the crash.

There was extensive media coverage of this incident in both the local and national news and broadcast media. Had he not been self employed it is quite conceivable under new police powers that the local constabulary would have quizzed Smith’s employer about the company policy covering the correct use of a mobile phone whilst on company business.