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Mobile Phone Offences

Mobile Phone Offences. It is a specific offence to use a hand–held phone or similar device, when driving.It is a specific offence to use a hand–held phone or similar device, when driving. Most offences will be dealt with by way of 3 penalty points and a £60 Fixed Penalty Notice but if the matter proceeds

Mobile Phone Offences. It is a specific offence to use a hand–held phone or similar device, when driving.It is a specific offence to use a hand–held phone or similar device, when driving. Most offences will be dealt with by way of 3 penalty points and a £60 Fixed Penalty Notice but if the matter proceeds to a Court hearing, the fine can be as much as £1,000 or £2,500 if you were driving a bus, coach or any heavy goods vehicle.

Mobile phone use while driving is common, but it is widely considered dangerous due to its potential for causing distracted driving and accidents. Due to the number of accidents that are related to cell phone use while driving, some jurisdictions have made the use of a cell phone while driving illegal. Many jurisdictions have enacted laws to ban handheld mobile phone use.

The mobile phone offence of driving whilst using a mobile phone can be made out even when the quality of your driving is not affected. If the standard of your driving is affected whilst using a mobile phone, you could face prosecution for more serious charges of careless or dangerous driving. It is widely considered by many courts that where a mobile phone was in use illegally at the time of an accident, charges of dangerous driving, an extremely serious offence, are likely to be upheld.

A mobile phone can be used whilst driving in conjunction with a ‘hands free’ kit provided that the phone can be operated without holding it. Hands free kits that require you to take your hand off the wheel to operate it are not considered legal and you could be prosecuted even where you have been using a hands free device so be warned!.

The law does not only apply to mobile phones, but also applies to any similar device that is hand held such as a “blackberry” device or navigation equipment and other computer equipment.In some circumstances, for example if use of a phone has caused or contributed to an accident, the Police may prosecute for driving without due care or dangerous driving in order to secure a more severe punishment.

Police can prosecute drivers for three offences –
* Use by the driver
* Causing or permitting use by the driver;
* Supervising a provisional licence holder whilst using a mobile phone or hand held device.

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