The Road Safety Team is reminding drivers not to use their mobile phone behind the wheel.
Make sure you understand the consequences of using your mobile phone when driving - even if it’s for a split second!
- You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.
- Your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.
- Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
- If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get six penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
- Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.
- If you get just six points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence.
- It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
- It is also illegal to use a handheld phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver.
- You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 (the same as dialling 999 but 112 will work on a mobile phone anywhere in the world) in an emergency, and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
- Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.