Drivers caught using mobiles whilst driving face 6 points plus £200 fine.
Irresponsible drivers that were warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel were given a sharp reminder this week as the police enforced the new law, which has doubled the penalties for the offence.
Previously the same offence was given a compulsory three penalty points and a £100 fine, to be either paid on the spot or subsequently in court if appealed.
The new legislation, which was brought into action on 1st March 2017 brings a tougher 6 point slam and £200 fine to the culprit behind the wheel at the time of the offence being committed.
Police launched the campaign before the new law was launched but motorists were still giving the mobile phone a hammering, statistics up to now reflect no change in numbers charged.
Motorists are being warned not to risk using an internet device or a mobile phone while driving, or face losing prosecution and license revoke.
Chief Supt Andy Edmonston, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said drivers who were distracted by their mobiles were more likely to cause serious road accidents, he added:
“The risks associated with using a phone while behind the wheel have always been very clear.
“Any driver will be distracted by a phone call or text message as it affects the ability to concentrate and anticipate the road ahead, putting the driver and other road users at risk.
“Distraction reduces hazard perception and increases reaction times in a similar way to drink-driving, making drivers much more likely to cause deaths and injuries.
“Drivers who think they can multi-task are fooling themselves: research shows 98% are unable to divide their time without it affecting performance.
“Talking on a phone hand-held or hands free, texting, emailing, adjusting sat navs, eating, drinking and smoking are all proven to increase crash risk.
“The law says a driver must at all times be in proper control of their vehicle. If at any time they are not they may be guilty of an offence. Police Scotland consistently targets these offences on a daily basis to reduce road casualties and will deal with offences detected in an appropriate manner.
“We are using this change in the law to, once again, remind drivers that using a mobile phone while driving has always been unacceptable and even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a serious or fatal collision.”
When you can use a phone in your vehicle
If you’re the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you:
- need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop
- are safely parked
Penalties for using your phone while driving
You could get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.