posted 6 years ago

Penalties For Using Mobile While Driving

Thirty-three per-cent of motorists use mobile phones while driving

Thirty-three per-cent of motorists use mobile phones while driving, according to research conducted for insurance specialist Liverpool Victoria (LV). As such seventy-seven per-cent of offenders answer calls, forty-nine per-cent send texts, thirty per-cent check directions, twenty-four per-cent read e-mails, and fourteen per-cent log into social networking sites. Furthermore, eighteen per-cent of motorists believe that using hand held phones is “acceptable” regardless of the law. Considering these figures it is surprising, arguably, that so few drivers are convicted. As such, based on LV's freedom of information request data, only one-million drivers have been convicted of using hand-held mobiles since their use was banned nearly ten years ago. This equates to about one-hundred thousand per-year which is low considering one-third of motorists break the law. Why so few? Because the Police have to catch offenders in the act as today's cameras cannot identify users. This, however, could change in the future as laser cameras can catch offenders from half a mile.

John O'Roarke, Managing Director of Liverpool Victoria Car Insurance, said: "It's been nearly ten years since legislation banning the use of hand-held phones when driving was introduced, so it's worrying to see that many motorists are continuing to use their devices when on the road. While it can seem tempting for people to use their phones at the wheel whilst driving they should always pull over to make a call, send a text, or browse the internet.

Liverpool Victoria also commissioned an observational study. This took place in Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester and recorded the behaviour of over six-thousand five-hundred motorists close to pedestrian crossings and junctions. The research was conducted in six-hour shifts on different weekdays. One conclusion was that motorists using hand-held mobiles whilst in charge of vehicles were twice as likely to drive erratically than those within the law. Researchers therefore witnessed ”reckless driving, speeding, and sudden braking”. Furthermore, thirty per-cent of these offenders failed to stop at pedestrian crossings compared to only ten per-cent of those not using hand-held devices.

The penalties for breaking mobile phone laws can be severe for both drivers and motorcycle riders. As such, offenders face £60 fixed penalty notices and receive three points on their licences. These, of course, could increase insurance premiums. Furthermore, motorists who challenge fixed penalty notices in court might see their punishments increased to bans and £1,000 fines. This rises further to £2,500 for bus and goods vehicle drivers. There are, however, exceptions when mobile phones can be used legally. As such, motorists can contact the emergency services if it is “unsafe or impractical to stop” and their use while parked is not an offence. There is one more thing to consider. Those who crash while using mobile phones could be convicted of dangerous driving - or causing death by dangerous driving - which can lead to imprisonment. Best use Bluetooth.

Ban this33% and if you take out the others who ignore (dont know) the highway code and traffic laws: it leaves nobody. Bye the bye,: hands free", is not the issue and never has been.

motorists should be able to purchase and use headsets, ie: a blue tooth connection device & keep both their hands on the wheel if they have to use their mbile phone whilst out driving. An AA motorist official stated that the mbl phone should be in a holster fixed to the dash board whilst the driver keeps his hands on the wheel, and answers the phone call if its important to him/her using the 'hands free' system set up in this. Using a phone this way & informing the person on the other end of the phone of his/her driving should be no more risky than when 2 people are conversing wth each other together n the car as in passenger & driver scenario. Both should and would be aware of the driving situation and talk in a manner that is safe for this. Ideally its better if the car is made stationary for the phone conversation, but no-one is allowed to pull up on the motorway hard shoulder for a phone call unless its an emergency phone call, ie: someone badly hurt.

Let's stop pussyfooting on this! Let's have 6 points on licences and 12 months driving ban. Second offence - 3 months in clink.That'll make 'em think twice about phoning,texting etc.

mobile calls while driving should be banned completeley . NO blue tooth either . A COMPLETE BAN WHILE VEHICLE IS BEING USED .

Until drivers who are caught a banned for twelve months as in the case of drinking and driving these morons will continue to endanger their own lives and more importantly the lives of other road users

In the event of an accident, especially one involving injury, perhaps the police should contact the phone service used by the driver and request details of the time of last call, and duration made from that handset. Mobile phone companies would have that information available, it just needs to be requested. If the last call was only a short time before the accident then it could be classed as a contributory factor.

Immediate castration is required....

How can anyone send text messages on a mobile and believe that they are safe? This world is full of idiots! What a shame so many of them drive and have a licence to kill!

Actually using a mobile while driving doesn't have to be dangerous if done correctly, unfortunately most can't follow the simple order of priorities taught to pilots Aviate (drive), Navigate, Communicate Use of hands free is certainly more convenient but the same rule has to be applied for it to be safe. The rule also applies to talking to car passengers, altering the radio etc. Just common sense - which unfortunately is missing in a lot of drivers!