Earlier this year on 1 March 2017 the penalties were increased for anyone caught using their mobile phone whilst driving.
There is no doubt that any interaction with a mobile phone whilst driving can divert attention away from the road. According to Hampshire Police, research has shown that if you use your mobile phone when driving, you are four times more likely to have a crash.
A reminder of the law;-
1. You are breaking the law if you pick up or use any type of phone that must be held to operate it.
2. You are not allowed to use your phone if you are stopped at traffic lights or when queuing in traffic. This includes picking up your phone to send and receive texts or browsing the internet.
Other examples may include holding the phone to re programme a route through the sat nav, change a play list or read a text message.
The only exception where a mobile is allowed whilst driving is when calling 999 in a genuine emergency, when it is impractical to stop and make a call.
Recent technology has advanced to the extent that it may now be possible for a 'driving mode' to be added which can detect when a user is driving. This would then disable the phone whilst inside the car.
The new IOS 11 system update has a 'do not disturb while driving' mode included which can reduce the distraction risk posed by mobile phones.
We need to make it socially unacceptable and get the message across to all road users that using a phone whilst driving is dangerous and, in the worst cases, can prove to be fatal.
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"Research shows that using a phone at the wheel affects reaction times as much as drink driving, increasing the chances of a crash." "As a society, we have become addicted to our mobile phones, but a split second distraction caused by a call, text or notification behind the wheel can be deadly." "The industry must play its part and include technology as standard which helps keep drivers' attention on the road, saving lives and preventing serious injuries."