No matter what type of vehicle you drive, using a mobile phone/device while driving is illegal.
Whether you drive a motorbike, car, taxi, van or lorry your driving ability is greatly impaired if you use your phone whilst behind the wheel. You can't concentrate on the road and your phone.
You put not only yourself at risk by driving whilst using your phone but any passengers travelling in your vehicle and other road users too. Leave your phone alone and don't put anyone at risk.
We all play a part in helping to make our roads safer.
If you are a new driver with less than 2 years' experience then you will lose your driving licence.
If not then you could be liable for 6 penalty points and a £200 fine.
You could also be taken to court and banned from driving, with a maximum fine of £1000.
Think checking your phone whilst sat in a traffic jam or waiting at a red light is okay? It's not. Taking your eyes off the road to use your phone, even when stationary, is still dangerous and is still an offence. Not concentrating on the roads and your surroundings puts not only yourself but others at risk.
Trying to pull away quickly if you've not noticed the traffic move or the lights change means you might not be completely aware of your surroundings.
Imagine if you missed the small boy waiting with his mum on the pavement. The small boy who thought your delay in moving away was you letting him cross the road. An accident can only take seconds to happen, but its affects can be felt for a lifetime.
We need everyone to play their part in keeping our roads safe. It takes two to tango.
If you know someone is driving when they contact you on their mobile, don't engage. Ask them to wait until they have arrived safely at their destination before getting in touch. Could you live with yourself if the driver got hurt because they were distracted talking to you on their mobile? It is not worth the risk.
Don't call people who you know are driving.
Don't take calls from people who are driving.
Don't respond to messages from people you know are driving.
Don't let people driving you somewhere; risk your life by using their phone.
Are you supervising a learner driver in your car? Then you need to leave your mobile phone alone.
Whilst supervising a learner driver you are deemed to be in control of the vehicle, even if you are sitting in the passenger seat. This means that you must abide by the same road traffic laws as if you yourself were driving. This includes not supervising a learner driver while using a hand held mobile phone or whilst under the influence of alcohol/drugs. You will also face the same associated penalty points and fine as if you yourself had been driving.
If the learner driver loses control of the car, or doesn't see an oncoming hazard while you're distracted on your phone the consequences could be fatal.