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Can anyone honestly say they have never used a mobile phone while driving or sat in traffic? We see other people driving and using their phones and make the comment it is wrong but feel it is OK for ourselves to use or answer the phone while driving as it is just a ‘one off’.
Well if you are caught using a hand held phone whilst driving you will get points on your licence and a fine.
As of October 2016 you can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you’re caught using a hand-held phone while driving or riding. You’ll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.
The penalty and fine also covers using your hand held phone or mobile device while waiting at traffic lights of waiting in traffic. Additionally if you are supervising a learner driver and using hand held phone or mobile device you will be liable for the penalty points and fine.
And if your case goes to court you could end up being disqualified from driving and face a much larger fine.
It is at the discretion of the police whether to prosecute users of hands free phones, sat navs and 2-way radios while driving. If they deem that you are being distracted while using the device you could also face an automatic fixed penalty notice and fine.
Help to change attitudes to using a mobile phone while driving in the same way people think about drinking and driving.