This post is a rant, A big rant! In March this year, tougher penalties came into force for using your phone while driving. The law says it is illegal. So why is it I see people abusing this legislation every single day? It is infuriating!
The use of mobile phones while driving has in fact been banned since 2003. Though, it seems the ban or change in penalties hasn’t been much of deterrent to people at all.
If you use your phone while you’re driving, you could face 6 points on your license and a £200 fine. You could also be taken to court where you could be banned from driving and get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus). If you passed your driving test in the last two years, you’d lose your license.
However, PEOPLE SEEM TO BE MISSING THE POINT!
The exact reason you shouldn’t be using your phone while driving.
The point is people die. In my opinion, these people who still use their phone’s while driving must have a total disregard for human life.
According to findings published as part of the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016, the number of drivers who own up to using a handheld phone has increased by 23% since 2014.
In 2016 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving. The sad fact is that such deaths or serious injuries could be avoided altogether if people just cared!
To the drivers who still don’t understand; You may “get away with it” at the time, a time may come where you will not. Using your phone while driving isn’t just about doing something wrong this is about potentially saving somebody from serious life-changing injury or death.
Although distressing, the image below is a photo from a fatal crash in October 2016 where lorry driver Tomasz Kroker killed a mother and three children while distracted by his phone. Tomasz received a ten-year prison sentence for his crime. However, this accident could have been avoided altogether.
No phone call, text or social media notification is worth taking your eyes off the road and becoming distracted. Find a safe spot to pull over turn off your engine.
Points and fines are beside the point; The point should be that the people who think “it won’t happen to me” be aware that in fact, it could.
The purpose of this message and law needs to be heard loud and clear; Using your phone while driving should be socially unacceptable and taken seriously by everyone.
Below is an infographic clearly laying out the risks and statistics of the danger of using your phone while driving.