Switch off before you drive off.
Mobile phones and driving don’t mix
Mobile phones have many benefits. They provide security and can be a great help in an emergency. But 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 one.
You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle. Then penalties will be the same as for using a hand-held phone and the penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.
For a free copy of the leaflet ‘Dying to take the call’, please contact the Road Safety Centre.