NEW MOBILE PHONE LAWS – ARE YOU AWARE?
It’s all too easy to do it…a text or call comes in, and even the best drivers amongst us have been tempted to sneak a glance at the traffic lights. However fleeting, handheld mobile phone use is incredibly dangerous – not to mention illegal – which is why we are backing two new campaigns standing against it.
A new law coming into play this week (from 1st March) means that drivers can be slapped with a £200 fine and six penalty points. Under the New Drivers Act, this means an instant ban for those having passed their test in the last two years. You will also have to retake your theory and practical driving test again! Insurance companies may also hit you hard when renewing your policy, so there are hidden costs too!
THINK! encourages drivers to lock their phones in the glove compartment – out of sight and out of mind. Glovebox stickers are available to encourage this and act as a reminder to put your phone away. Ask your A-DRIVE instructor for details – we’ll be supplying you with them to help you stay safe on the roads after you pass your test.
BePhoneSmart will direct drivers to the pledge site BePhoneSmart.uk, to make a promise not to us their phone at the wheel and also Tweet their support using #BePhoneSmart.
A-DRIVE fully supports these campaigns and hopes that you will too.