In Feb 2007, the Law changed making it illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving, with three points on your licence and a £60 fine.
However, despite the law change drivers are still persisting with this dangerous activity and breaking the law.
The message is clear driving and mobile phones do not mix. You run the risk of killing yourself, your passengers, and other innocent road users.
Tests have shown a driver cannot help being distracted by a phone call or text message. If you are distracted, you will not register hazards or react quickly. A conversation on a hands-free phone is no less distracting than using a hand-held phone.
You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle and the penalties will be the same.
Penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a mobile phone can include:
- a large fine, and
- up to two years imprisonment
The advice from the Police Services is that there is zero tolerance towards drivers using hand-held or hands-free devices while driving and warn that they will be increasing their targeting of this illegal and unacceptable behaviour.
There are five main contributory factors in fatal road traffic collisions, Mobile Phones are just one of them.