Thinking of reaching for your phone whilst driving? You’ll regret it if you do as you can now face a hefty fine of £200 if you are caught with your phone in your hand if you’re in the driver’s seat.
Britain’s roads will be introducing a new blanket ban on touching a mobile phone whilst driving! If you’re caught even holding a mobile behind the wheel you can be prosecuted.
Drivers can currently get away with punishment, as a loophole in the current law only states you aren’t allowed to use hand-held phones to text or make calls or any other ‘interactive communication’. However, people found scrolling through a music playlist or taking a photo can be immune from any punishment.
A recent and significant change to the law, will mean that drivers caught holding phones to input data into a satnav or check and browse social media can face a £200 fine and 6 points on their license. The proposals are expected to come into force by 2020.
25% of drivers under the age of 25 have admitted to checking texts, social media and emails when driving, whilst 17% of drivers overall admitted the same.
Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Shapps, has said “[that] this review will look to tighten up the existing law to bring it into the 21st century, preventing reckless driving and reduce accidents on our roads.”
If you are caught for a slight second holding your phone and driving you can be convicted as new HD cameras are being trialled. The cameras will be fixed to overhead gantries and aim to catch drivers out.
The images captured will be sent to the police and the vehicle’s owner can expect to receive an intended prosecution in the post.
If you thought holding a phone and driving was bad, check out this drunk digger driver who caused over £100,000 worth of damage!
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