Mobile Phones

28 Jun 2016

Driver distractions are a major problem and can have fatal consequences for both the driver and other innocent road users.

One of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction is the mobile phone; research has shown that if you use a mobile phone while driving you are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and this level of risk is not significantly reduced by using a hands-free device.

Information from ROSPA shows that drivers using hand-held or hands-free mobile phones:

Are less aware of their surroundings
Fail to see road signs
Do not maintain proper lane position
Do not maintain a steady speed
Are more likely to drive too close to other vehicles
React more slowly
Are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
Feel more stressed and frustrated

The law states that it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving. This includes using it to read a map, check social media, or read a text. The law applies even when you are sat in queuing traffic. If you are caught using a handheld device when driving you will receive 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine.

If you do need to use your mobile phone then find a safe place to pull over, do not put your life or the lives at risk by trying to do two things at once. 

 

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