Mobile phones can be an essential means of communication
away from the office or home and for motorists they can be
an important security asset in the event of an emergency.
However, using a mobile phone while driving can distract your
attention from the road, and driving today requires all your
concentration all of the time.
It is unsafe for a driver to use a hand-held
mobile phone. Making or receiving a call, even with a hands-free
phone, can distract your attention from driving and could
lead to an accident. Responsibility for the safe control of
a vehicle always rests with the driver.
You must have proper control of your vehicle
at all times. If the use of a phone causes you to drive in
a careless or dangerous manner you could be prosecuted for
those offences. The penalties include an unlimited fine, disqualification
and up to two years imprisonment.
And remember - its not just mobile phones. It
can be just as dangerous to take your hand off the steering
wheel and your eyes off the road for any reason not connected
with driving, for example to change a tape.
Never use a hand - held phone whilst driving
a.. You are not in full control of your
vehicle if you are holding a mobile phone while driving. Doing
so will risk the safety of yourself, your passengers and other
b.. When you are driving, switch off
your phone, use a message service or let a passenger make
or answer a call
It is safer not to use a hands-free phone
while driving -
a.. Conversations using hands-free equipment
can distract your attention from the road.
b.. If you have to receive a call, say
that you are driving and keep the conversation brief.
Use a message service and take regular breaks
a.. To ensure the safety of yourself
and other road users use voicemail or call divert so that
messages can be left for you when the phone is switched off.
b.. Find a safe place to park in order
to make a call or check for messages.
c.. On a long journey regular breaks
will also help you to relax and reduce tiredness, but remember
it is against the law to stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway
except in an emergency.
Local officers will be looking out for offenders
- you may be pulled over for some strong advice or end up