Mobile Phones: you Cant Take Them With you

By: J Tillotson

New guidelines mean that drivers caught using a mobile phone handset while driving risk up to two years in jail. This has come about after it was announced in September 2007 that too many drivers are ignoring the ban on phone usage while on the move.

The standard penalty of a fine and points still applies, but those drivers who appear to be driving rather more dangerously while under the influence of technology could face the jail term. A conviction of dangerous driving carries a maximum term of two years.

And it's not just speaking on the phone that could land you in jail. Anything which distracts your attention away from the road such as sending a text message or fiddling around with your satellite navigation can also get you prosecuted.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a hands-free kit attached to your phone would be the solution, but even this is seen as a distraction. Many employers are now banning mobile phones and hands-free kits from their company cars altogether.

If you must take your phone with you, keep it on silent so the ringing doesn't distract you, and stop every so often - in a safe place of course - and check your calls. If you have a passenger, let them field your calls, and relay messages.

If your phone allows it, set up your own voicemail message stating that you are driving, and adjust your settings to straight-to-voicemail. Anything you can do to reduce the risk of being distracted means you're less likely to get pulled over.

Pay as you go, don't say as you go.

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