I must say that I am really pleased by the new laws that have been introduced as of the 1st of March this year in relation to using phones whilst driving. So many times I have been driving and see others with a hand held device against their ear clearly completely distracted and risking the safety of all those around them. It’s a selfish habit that many see to have fallen into and one that should never have been allowed in the first place. With the roads getting more and more congested the odds of being in a car accident that isn’t your fault are increasing. Just a few weeks back I witnessed an accident that occurred from careless driving which I mentioned in my blog post What To Do If You Are In An Accident. Combining the careless driving with an obvious distraction = dangerous driver. It’s kind of a no brainer really and it’s a shame that stricter laws were not imposed a while back.
When Can You Use Your Phone in the Car?
The only time you are allowed to use your phone in the car is when you need to dial 999 or 112 and it is not safe to stop or if you are parked and the engine is off otherwise it’s a no go. This also includes texting, looking at messages, updating your social media account, following a map – basically touching the phone is out.
If you want to use your phone as a sat nav it must be is mounted in a hands-free holder.
Simple enough so why do I see people on their phones on a daily basis. In the past the punishment didn’t really fit the crime, let’s face it driving whilst using a phone can distract you enough to kill someone it isn’t rocket science.
It is also illegal to use a hand held phone when supervising a learner driver.
In addition police can stop drivers that appear distracted which includes where you may be using a radio or sat nav so please be careful and set the sat nav before you leave!
What Will Happen If You Are Caught Using Your Phone Whilst Driving?
New drivers will lose their licence if they are caught during the first two years they have their licence. Theory and practical driving tests will need to be retaken.
For those with a full licence the fine is now £200 and 6 points on your licence.
There is also a chance that you may go to court, be banned from driving or get a £1000 fine.
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Have you ever used your phone whilst driving?