Friday 3 March 2017

Think! Before Using Your Phone at the Wheel

photo courtesy of IAM RoadSmart
Using a hand-held mobile phone while on the move is a fatal distraction – that’s the view of leading independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, and as of 1st March, drivers will be fined £200 and
receive six points on their licence – double the existing penalty.

Motorists caught using their mobile twice or accruing 12 points on their licence will face magistrates’ court, being disqualified with fines of up to £1,000.

New drivers, within two years of passing their test, risk having their licence revoked and lorry or bus drivers can be suspended if caught.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said:
“Addressing the growing problem of smartphone use whilst driving will require a combination of enforcement and education as well as drivers, passengers, companies and individuals taking more responsibility.

“It is essential that drivers get the clear message that if you are on the phone and have a fatal crash you can expect to go to prison for a long time. There is a lot of support among the driving public for stronger penalties and more enforcement focus on mobile phones, but also a feeling that
this is not always reflected in sentencing."

Put your phone away before driving so you won’t be tempted to use it. Make the glove compartment the phone compartment.

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 services visit the new website

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