Using a Phone or Sat Nav Whilst Driving

Everyone seems to be using their phones more than ever before! Unfortunately this means that we take our eyes off the road to do so. To stop people doing this, laws recently changed. Drivers can now face up to double the punishment if they are caught even touching their phone behind the wheel

Many people know this law but will still ignore it. Holding a mobile phone or sat nav whilst driving is illegal. This also applies when riding a motorcycle. It is easy to get distracted when the phone rings or a text pings through but you must stop yourself.

The only type of device that can be used has to be a hands free one. Examples of these are: a Bluetooth headset, a built-in sat nav, voice command, a windscreen mount or a dashboard holder/mat. They must not restrict your view of the road ahead

The police have the right to stop you if they feel as though you are not in control of your vehicle and you can be prosecuted for this.  The law still applies to you if you’re; stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or if you’re supervising a learner driver

If you do want to use your mobile in your hand then the only time you can is if you are safely parked or in an emergency when you would need to call the emergency services such as 999 or 112 and it is unsafe to park

If you are caught using a hand held mobile then these are the consequences:

  • You will face 6 penalty points and up to £200 if you are caught by the police
  • For early drivers, if you have passed your test within the last 2 years, you will also lose your licence
  • For a restricted view of the road, you can receive up to 3 penalty points

In some cases, you may also be taken to court where you could possibly lose your licence and have to pay a fine where the maximum is £1,000! Or £2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus

Members of the public are able to report offenders by calling Crimestoppers on 0800555111

It really is not worth it. Every call can and should wait.

Bridget Noctor

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