Gov’t to ban drivers from holding mobile phones or cameras in their hand. 3 dead, 4 badly injured by reckless driver in live Facebook crash

The Government is due to approve a draft ordinance that bans people holding mobile phones or camera while driving.

Drivers who are just holding their mobile phone or other mobile device (tablet, video&photo camera) in their hands will face harsh fines, which range from RON 870 to RON 1,160 and four points penalty for those who drive tractors or trams.

The decision comes amid growing cases of car crashes prompted by people who are taking selfies or live Facebook posts while driving.

A similar accident has just occurred on Sunday in Tulcea county, which claimed three lives and left four people seriously injured.

A 39-year-old man from Luncavita, a village in Tulcea, was driving his car on the European road 87 when, due to the excessive speed and because he was reportedly taking a live footage on Facebook, he lost control of the car and crashed into a house in Vacareni locality. A 3-year-old child and two women, including a pregnant one died.

The driver has initially fled the scene of the accident, but he has been caught on Monday and arrested. He is charged with manslaughter, bodily injury and hit-and-run.

The 33-year-old woman, who was 7-month pregnant had been transported to the Emergency Hospital in Galati in in serious condition. She had had a cardiac arrest in the ambulance, with doctors trying to save her. Unfortunately, both mother and baby died at the hospital.

A 79-year-old woman and a 3-year-old child have died on the spot in the courtyard of the house. Other four people, two from the car and two from the courtyard, ended up in hospital with serious injuries.

The driver was the only one who got away with minor wounds. Police officers confirmed he was drunk at the moment of the accident.

Several people posted on Facebook that a live footage was being shot from that car before the accident and even during the impact.

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