UK drivers face £ 200 fines in cell phone crackdown | Road safety

Drivers will be banned from scrolling playlists on portable devices from next year as part of the UK government’s crackdown on road safety.

The Department of Transportation (DfT) said it plans to tighten laws from next year to make it easier to prosecute drivers using and holding their phones while driving.

Under current UK laws, drivers are prohibited from texting or making a phone call (except in an emergency) while using a portable device. From 2022, drivers will no longer be allowed to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games on their phones while driving.

Anyone caught using their portable device while driving will face a fixed fine of £ 200 and six points on their license.

Drivers can still use devices such as GPS and cell phones using satellite navigation, if they are secured in a cradle.

But motorists must take responsibility for their driving and can be prosecuted if police find they are not in proper control of their vehicle.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: “By making it easier to prosecute people who use their phones illegally while driving, we are ensuring that the law enters the 21st century while further protecting all road users.

“While our roads remain among the safest in the world, we will continue to work tirelessly to make them safer, including through our award-winning THINK system! campaign, which challenges social norms among high-risk drivers.

The crackdown comes after a public consultation found that 81% of those polled supported proposals to strengthen the law.

The Highway Code will also be revised to clarify that standing still in traffic counts as driving and using a cell phone at traffic lights or in traffic jams is illegal, except in very limited circumstances.

Mary Williams, executive director of the Brake Road Safety Charity, said the changes, coinciding with Road Safety Week, were “very welcome.”

AA President Edmund King said: “By making cell phone use as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving, we are taking big steps to make our roads safer. For years, the AA has campaigned fiercely and helped educate drivers about the dangers of cell phone misuse.

“To help drivers get the message across, we also need more cops in cars to help catch and deter those who are still tempted to pick up.”

Simon Williams, RAC’s road safety spokesperson, said: “As our phones have become more sophisticated, the law has not kept pace and this has allowed some drivers who have been using their cell phones at high speeds. purposes other than communication to exploit a loophole and avoid the maximum penalty.

“While today’s announcement is clearly good news, it is absolutely vital that the new law is rigorously enforced, otherwise there is a risk that it will not bring about the kind of behavior change that will make our roads safer. “

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