|I refer to my previous blog regarding the penalties for using a hand held device whilst driving. From 1 March 2017 the penalties for anyone caught using their mobile phone whilst driving doubled to six points and £200 fine.|
Further tougher measures were introduced meaning that drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.
The police have now warned that motorists who smoke e-cigarettes while driving may now risk losing their licence if their vision is obscured by clouds of vapour, and that an e-cigarette will be treated the same as any handheld electronic device, where a driver found using one could face prosecution.
The penalty for driving without due care and attention is a fine of up to £2,500 and three to nine points on a driving licence or disqualification.
Statistics show that if you use any hand held device when driving, you are four times more likely to have a crash.
A reminder of the current 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.This issue will be whether the use of an e cigarette affects a person's ability to concentrate when driving.
Sergeant John Davis, of Surrey police, said the possible offence was not vaping but not paying attention. “Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence, whether that be smoking, vaping or eating.”