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Mobile phone - Drivesafely

Mobile phone

Our mobile phone campaign running in July 2014 reminds drivers that it is very difficult to concentrate on two things at once.  Research has shown that a driver/rider using a mobile phone (hand held or hands free) is four (4) times more likely to be involved in a collision than drivers/riders who are concentrating on driving alone. 

The campaign features radio advert and enforcement/education days.

During the enforcement/education days Police will be stopping drivers using a mobile phone and giving them the opportunity to go a presentation by Road Safety Officers on the dangers of using a mobile phone or receive a fixed penalty ticket.  However, the Police will continue to stop drivers at other times which will result in prosecution.

 

FAQ

What is the penalty for using a hand held mobile phone while driving?

You could receive an automatic fixed penalty notice which means that you will receive a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your driving licence.  However, if you case goes to court you could face a driving/riding ban on top of a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if were driving a bus or goods vehicle).

Can I be stopped for using a hands free mobile phone?

Yes, if they Police think that you are not in full control of the vehicle

When can you use a hand-held mobile phone?

You should only use a hand-held mobile phone when you are safely parked and your engine is off (not on the hard shoulder of a motorway unless it’s an emergency).

You can also use a hand-held mobile phone if you are a passenger

If there is a genuine emergency, you are on your own and it is unsafe or impracticable to stop you may ring 999 or 112.