Over the weekend, you may have read that drivers caught using handheld mobile phones are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling.
Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine. It’s a major issue for newly qualified drivers too, as they could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught.
The new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, could also see more experienced drivers going to court if they offend twice, and facing possible fines of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.
The penalties, which will increase from three penalty points and a £100 fine, will be accompanied by a high-profile government Think! campaign.
The Department for Transport said it expected the changes to take effect in the first half of 2017.
Scarily, enough, last week, a survey by the RAC suggested nearly a third of UK motorists text, make calls and use apps while at the wheel, with the number having risen since 2014.
Now, making a receiving calls can be done safely enough with hands-free devices but of the 1,700 people questioned, 14% said they had even taken photos and made films while driving.
This is something we at Car Audio Centres take very seriously. Department for Transport figures show that a driver impaired or distracted by their phone was a contributory factor in 492 accidents in Britain in 2014.
We know that in today’s modern workplace and even socially, we are expected to be “on-call” and available 24/7. Maybe that culture needs to change? Maybe we need to remember that your safety and that of other road users should come first?
However, we also know that sometimes, as is often the case with business or family members, you must take that call but that can be done simply and affordably with our wide range of devices.
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Most of all, please be safe.