Posted: Thursday 1st March 2018
It’s been one year since tougher penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel were launched in the UK.
Since 1 March 2017, drivers caught ignoring the ban on mobile phones have been dealt a £200 on-the-spot fine as well as six points on their licence – enough points for new drivers to lose their licence altogether.
Despite it being illegal to use a handheld phone to make a call, look at a text or check social media while driving, 25 percent of Hertfordshire residents surveyed last year admitted to using their phone behind the wheel.
The Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership would like to remind residents of the dangers of driving while distracted. As well as legal penalties, taking a phone call, answering a text, or changing your music behind the wheel could have real and irreversible human consequences.
If you’re distracted by your phone behind the wheel, keep it out of reach – Put it Away.
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