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Mobile phones

 

From 1st December 2003, it is unlawful to use a mobile phone whilst driving

 

 

General information

 

  • 58% of drivers admit that mobile phones are the biggest distraction while driving - more than time pressures, eating, drinking or using the stereo or changing music.
  • Young people are most at risk - 16 to 34 year olds are twice as likely than the over 55s to keep their mobile on while driving
  • Over a quarter of people admit to answering or making a work related call or texting while driving
  • If you drive and use a mobile phone you are four times more likely to have an accident

 

Driving for work

 

  • Two thirds of drivers who use their car for work purposes feel pressure to keep their phone switched on
  • 34% of people who use their car for work purposes admit to answering or making a work related call or texting while driving

 

You must NOT use your mobile phone whilst driving.


The law

 

  • From 1 December 2003 motorists will be fined £30 if caught driving while using a hand-held mobile phone. The £30 fixed penalty can be increased to a maximum fine of £1000 if the matter goes to court (£2,500 for drivers of lorries and buses). (If the Police consider that using the phone has led to careless driving, the penalties will be higher.)
  • The Government is planning to legislate to make driving while using a hand-held mobile phone an endorseable offence, so that drivers will get three points on their licence each time they are caught.
  • Employers may also be prosecuted if they require their employees to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

 

Drivers using hands-free devices risk prosecution if they fail to maintain proper control of their vehicle or drive carelessly or dangerously

 

Tips for drivers

 

Even the most careful of drivers will be distracted by a phone call or text message - it affects concentration and anticipation. Here are some tips for drivers:

 

  • Never use a hand-held mobile phone when you are driving. If you are driving, keep the phone switched off, use your voicemail or message service.
  • Stop in a safe place, not on a motorway or hard shoulder, to use the phone and pick up messages.
  • Do not use a hands-free phone - your mind will be distracted by the conversation and you will not be concentrating fully on your driving.
  • If you must use a hands-free phone, say you are driving and end the conversation quickly by explaining that you will ring back once you have stopped safely.

 

Website: UK Department for Transport - THINK! Road Safety - www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk

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