New laws on using mobile phones whilst driving

You’re 4 times more likely to crash if you use a mobile, and texting can be more dangerous than if you drink drive. This is according to the THINK! Road Safety campaign by the Department of Transport. They report that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards, and even the most careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

This is why the penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving have doubled.

Previously you could be fined £100 and get 3 points on your license. The new penalty is £200 AND 6 Points on your license. If you're convicted of a driving offence, or reach 12 or more points within 3 years you risk a driving ban and £1,000 fine. If you drive a bus or a goods vehicle van, this fine can go up to £2,500

Don't risk it - make sure you're clued up on all the rules mentioned below:

The rules on using a mobile phone when driving:

  • It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle.

  • The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

  • It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider

  • You can be stopped by the police if they think you’re you’re distracted using devices like your sat nav or car radio, eating/ drinking or other distractions such as animals not being restrained properly.

You can find out more at www.gov.co.uk.

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