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​Police Have A New Weapon To Fight Mobile Users Behind The Wheel

So you have definitely heard about the new rules surrounding using your phone while driving. The UK government has recently doubled the penalties, so if you're caught using your mobile behind the wheel, you will be fined £200.

Now it normally takes 12 points before your licence is revoked but in the first two years of passing your test it only takes six. If you are caught on your mobile phone in a car or van then you will get six points on your licence instead of the previous three. So if you're a new driver and you're caught on your phone you will lose your licence immediately.

If you think you can get away with it by just going on your phone when there's no police around or using it on your lap when you are driving - you might want to think again.

The police have revealed their new weapon to battle against mobile use at the wheel - an unmarked lorry with flashing blue lights. From that high up, the police are able to see straight into your car and see your phone on your lap.

So here are the facts:

  • You cannot use your mobile phone when you're at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. Watching a video is also illegal - even if it's in a hands-free holder.
  • You can use your phone to listen to music or but only if you're listening to it hands-free or through your in-car Bluetooth.
  • You can check your sat nav if it's in a hands-free holder, but if it's in your hand it's illegal but be mindful because if you're distracted by your sat nav and it affects your ability to drive you can still be prosecuted.
  • You can pull over on to the side of the road to check your phone - but make sure that your engine is switched off.

Don’t risk it, it’s not worth it.

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