Potential changes to mobile phone use when driving
Nowadays it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t own a mobile and it’s quite simply become a way of life to be able to stay in contact 24/7. For those of us with teenage children the best way to hold a conversation seems to be by text.
However on a serious note there are times when using our phones can become too much of a distraction and take our concentration away from the task in hand, one obvious occasion is when driving.
The lack of concentration generated by using a mobile phone can result in catastrophic consequences so the government are considering a further crackdown on drivers using their mobile phones whilst driving.
Plans to increase fixed penalty charges for using a mobile phone whilst driving are being discussed by the government who are stating that if caught, the fines could double bringing the cost to £150.
The plans would also increase the number of penalty points given out for getting caught on your mobile from three to four, however HGV drivers can receive up to six due to ministers agreeing the consequences of accidents involving larger vehicles can be far more serious.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin believes this is a necessary procedure saying that “using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless. I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt. The message is clear keep your hands on the wheel, not your phone. If you keep taking calls while at the wheel, you could end up being banned from the road.”
It has also been proposed that any driver caught using their phone three times in three years may face an automatic driving ban.