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Social media and driving: Know the rules

 

If you’re aged 17 to 29 or a van driver you have probably checked your mobile while driving.

Researchers looked at habits in England and Scotland and found these groups of motorists most likely to look at mobile messages at the wheel.

Unsurprisingly, they found texting and using social media is now a bigger issue than drivers making calls.

But is glancing at Facebook off limits? We check out the rules:

  • You definitely can’t hold your phone
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone held in the hand while driving or while stopped with the engine on.
  • This has been the law since December 2003.
  • If you break this law, even if you are otherwise driving safely, you could face a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your licence.

What about hands free?

If you are deemed not to be in control of a vehicle while using a hands-free phone you can still be prosecuted.

The penalties are the same as for using a hand-held phone.

But watch out because…

You only need to be seen using a mobile phone while driving by police to be prosecuted.

But, if your driving is bad, or if there is a crash while you are using the phone, you could be prosecuted for careless driving, dangerous driving or, if someone is killed, for causing death by careless or dangerous driving.

Fines can be much greater and prison becomes almost certain if a death is caused.

So stay safe guys!

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