Research reveals that using a mobile device behind the wheel is more of a distraction than both alcohol and drugs. If caught, legislation currently enables the police to administer 3 points on to a license plus the power to impose hefty £100 fine. So, why do drivers still risk sending the odd text here and there?
A red light does not give the nod for sending a tweet, selfie or whatever else… Cough Pokémon Go. Mixing driving with text is a lethal combination. With misconceptions floating around, the actions of some drivers have been swayed by such red herrings. Whilst operating handheld devices when driving has been illegal for over a decade this issue has become an epidemic that causes drivers to detect fewer hazards, which in turn increases the likelihood of accidents occurring on our roads.
The president of the AA Edmund King has stated: “Three-quarters of drivers see others using mobile phones on some or most journeys, with one-quarter seeing it on every journey.” In an effort to curve usage, the police will be granted more power as of 2017. These powers include being able to hand over a penalty of six points and a £200 fine. The strengthened consequences aim to place mobile use in the same bracket as alcohol in the public eye, which is now widely considered to be unacceptable.
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