10 Things to Consider: When driving whilst using a phone (or a Sat Nav)?

There is a huge increase in the policing against the usage of Mobile Phones whilst driving a vehicle. The government is attempting to prevent the incident which results in collisions that may be dangerous.

The dangers are evident in the number of incidents. Incidents which may lead to fatalities. We have several people call us. Discussing this. Innumerable amounts of incidents have to lead to the government clamping down on this matter. For using a mobile phone whilst driving, this includes Sat Nav [Satelite Navigation]. Below are the penalties.

The current penalties are as follows: 

–  You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

– You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

– be banned from driving or riding
– get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)

10 Things to consider: When driving whilst using a phone (or a Sat Nav)?

  1. Is the phone blocking your view?
  2. Is the phone synchronised with built-in screen?
  3. Is the phone fixed on the Dashboard or on a Mat?
  4. Is the phone fixed on a windscreen mount?
  5. Did you hold the phone in your hands whilst driving?
  6. Were you parked or stopped at traffic?
  7. Were you in queuing in traffic?
  8. Were you in control of the vehicle?
  9. Were you safely parked?
  10. Were you calling the emergency services?

The best course of action is to place the phone in the place which is not on display. To avoid the risk of distraction. If you need advice or want your matter assessed seek legal advice.

Can a barrister mitigate on your behalf?

When a person may lose their driving license. It can affect the livelihood of people. This is where people seeking initial advice from a barrister. A barrister will be able to explore your options.

Discussing the events of the time of the incident will give an insight to the barrister. The insight will be assessed by the barrister, with their experience it will provide them with a chance to explore your matter and provide legal advice.