It’s no secret that it’s illegal to use your mobile phone while driving your car (or motorcycle) and if you are caught doing so – you will receive a significant penalty.
The number of accidents and deaths caused due to drivers using mobile phones is on the rise, hence the huge clamp down and stories of drivers being plastered all over the news.
Many people are still unaware of exactly what is the law and what’s acceptable when it comes to using your phone while in the car.
What The Law Says About Using Your Phone While Driving:
- It’s illegal to use a handheld mobile for anything – including following a map or reading a text even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
- It’s illegal to use a mobile phone if you are supervising a learner driver
- You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
- If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 3 penalty points and a fine of £100. (Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.)
- You may use a hands-free phone while driving but you can still be prosecuted if you’re not in proper control of your vehicle.
- You may end up losing your job – some companies have enforced this rule too.
- The penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a handheld or hands-free phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.
Tips To Make Sure You Don’t Use Your Phone While Driving
Here are some tips to ensure you do not use your phone while in you car – they can end up saving you a huge fine and points on your license but more importantly save someone’s life.
- Turn your phone off before you get in the car so you are not tempted
- Buy a satnav and programme it before you leave your destination if you don’t know where you’re going
- Pull over and park up if you need to make a call or send a message during your journey
- Don’t call other people when you know they are driving
Police are really clamping down on this – it’s not a subject to take lightly. In the UK and Wales Police are scouring the country for people using their mobile phones, and you won’t be able to spot them because they’ll be in unmarked cars.
Police are also recruiting ‘community spotters’ to report drivers caught using their mobile phones.
We hope this advice makes you think twice about being on your phone and driving.
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