Dangerous Driving Deterrents
Dangerous driving deterrents
A plea to all drivers who have used their mobile phone whilst or driving or felt tempted to do so – just don’t, your phone call can be saved until later, a life may not so.
About time, new Laws have been introduced to tackle drivers who text on their mobile phones whilst driving as the Government’s hard hitting ruling to cut accidents and deaths due to the use of mobiles has been declared. Under new rules drivers will face up to £200 in fines and 6 points on their licence if caught using their mobile phone whilst at the wheel the Government has announced, a ruling set to be enforced next year. In some cases in can result in disqualification or imprisonment. Whilst those new to driving face having to retake their driving tests if caught within the first year of passing their driving tests. But many say this does not go far enough to stopping preventable deaths and injuries and the Law needs to be even tougher. The Department for Transport has put these new changes into place effective in 2017 and couldn’t come soon enough we say. With the RAC’s suggestion that almost a third of all motorists in the UK make calls, text, or use mobile apps whilst driving it is an urgent call to stop dangerous driving. This is backed by the Department of Transport who state that their figures demonstrate that a driver who is distracted by the use of the mobile phone whilst driving was a major factor in accidents.
We cannot shout loud enough when it comes to dangerous driving because of the distraction of phones.
It is illegal to use a hand-held phone whilst driving and this includes those who use their phone to follow maps, read text messages or check up on their social media, furthermore it applies if you are stopped at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic. You could even be prosecuted if you use hands free phone and proven to not be in control of your vehicle, in this case the penalties are the same as if you was caught holding your mobile phone.
Our advice is to turn off your mobile phone before you set off on your journey if it is off then you won’t risk being distracted should it go off. If you need to take or make a call then find somewhere safe to stop and park and only when your engine is off and hand break on should you use your phone. If you are trying to reach someone else and you think that they may be driving then don’t call them, nor should you send them a text message as this too could be a distraction for them.
Don’t put yourself and others at risk, think again, don’t pick up that phone.