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Mobile Phones and Driving

It is unsafe for a driver to use a mobile phone whilst driving. Making or receiving a call, even with a hands-free phone, can distract your attention from driving and could lead to an collision. 

 

The Road Safety Act 2006 bought in tough penalties for breaking the law by using a hand-held mobile phone (or similar device) while driving, The fixed penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone is three penalty points and a £60 fine. If the case is heard in a court rather than being dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice, the maximum fine is £1,000 (£2,500 for drivers of vans, lorries, buses and coaches.)

An otherwise safe driver can easily to be distracted by a phone call or text message and this brief  lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

Avoid taking calls even on a hands-free phone. You will put yourself and other road users at risk.

Employers should not ask their staff to make or receive calls when they are driving. Employers may also be prosecuted if they require employees to use a mobile phone when driving. If it is essential for staff to be contacted they should be provided with voice mail, a message service or call diversion and be told to stop regularly to check messages and return calls.

It's hard to resist taking calls or checking messages when driving. So switch the phone OFF before you start to drive. It only takes a second to cause a fatal crash.

Pull over somewhere safe, put the handbrake on and turn off the engine if you have to make a call.

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team      

 telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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