Research demonstrates that reaction times for drivers using a handheld phone are 30% worse than for driving under the influence of alcohol at the legal limit, which proves the point that all phone calls are a distraction for a driver and are also four times more likely to crash.
Whilst driving, a hand-held mobile phone or similar device is illegal and the penalty is £60 and 3 penalty points, if the decision is made for you to go to court there is a maximum fine of £1000. You will also receive 3 points and could be disqualified subject to the discretion of the court.
There is also a chance of your insurance going up.
Within two years of passing your test, receiving six points will mean your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit the test. A maximum fine of £1000 could be at risk if your case goes to court.
Distraction and not being in proper control of your vehicle whilst using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device could also lead to prosecution, of which the same penalties apply. Employers are at risk if their employees are distracted because their work requires them to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device whilst driving. The employer can be prosecuted if they require employees to make or receive calls using a hand-held mobile whilst driving. The permission of using a hand-held mobile phone or a driver not having proper control of a vehicle whilst driving is an offence.
Why are the penalties going up?
• The fact is using any type of mobile hands free or hand-held, reaction times are worse than if you were driving under the influence of alcohol. Reaction times are slowed down to 50% from using a hand-held phone and 30% when compared to being drunk
• There are lots of distractions whilst using mobile phones whether they are visual, auditory, mental or physical
• Careful drivers are also easily distracted it only takes one phone call or text and that split second lack in concentration could result in a crash
• A crash is four times more likely when using a mobile phone whilst driving