Drivers Urged To Put Their Phones Away In New Crackdown

by admin on March 21, 2017

mobile-1209058_640Using your phone behind the wheel has always been frowned upon, and it became a law in 2003, that if caught you would face penalty points and a fine. However this hasn’t stopped a staggering number of motorists texting, browsing the internet, and even snapchatting all while in control of a vehicle.

So, as of 1st March the law has gotten a bit more serious, if you are pulled over having been caught using your phone you will now face six points on your licence and a £200 fine. If you have been driving less than two years you could lose your licence altogether.

What are the concerns?

Driving distracted is a well-known problem across the UK, and not only are drivers being caught for using their phones but there have been stories of drivers eating cereal, shaving, reading a book and even a HGV driver preparing a meal while on the move. However the use of the mobile phone while driving appears to be the most common offence. Many drivers stating that sending the odd text or changing the music on their phone doesn’t distract them from driving, but rigorous tests show that this just simply isn’t the case and even a two second glance at your phone will significantly increase the risk of having an accident.

What can you do?

To put it simply, don’t use your phone. Pop it in the glovebox, or your handbag, just somewhere out of sight where you won’t be tempted to reach for it. If you need to make calls for business purposes then invest in a hands free set, the use of these while driving still causes a distraction however the risk is reduced.

The new law on mobile phones

Before 1st March if you were caught using your phone when driving you would be given three points on your licence and a £100 fine. The new law that came into effect on 1st March now means that those convicted will be slapped with six points and a £200 fine. If you are a new driver then you could even lose your licence, it’s not worth the risk. So put your phone away and drive safe.

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