North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Motorists who used their phones while driving have been let off because they were playing games or taking photos instead of texting or talking

North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Motorists who used their phones while driving have been let off because they were playing games or taking photos instead of texting or talking

North East UK news  Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com
17 October 2020 - 19:15

Breaking News ! A loophole which allowed motorists to get away with using their phones behind the wheel is set to be closed under a new law. The Department for Transport is consulting on updating laws so drivers can be convicted for using their phones behind the wheel, even if they are not texting or calling. The DfT says phone-wielding drivers have escaped punishment as they were not using their devices for 'interactive communication', so their actions were not illegal under the definition of the law which bans using phones while driving. It means people have managed to get off charges even if they were playing games or taking videos on their phone while driving, because they were not using their device to communicate. But the driving law changes would allow for motorists to use their phones to pay for goods at drive-thru restaurants, as long as their vehicle is not moving. Ministers have rejected calls to go further by banning the use of hands-free functions – drivers will still be able to continue safely using devices “hands-free” while driving, such as a sat-nav secured in a cradle. Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “Our roads are some of the safest in the world, but we want to make sure they’re safer still by bringing the law into the 21st century. “That’s why we’re looking to strengthen the law to make using a hand-held phone while driving illegal in a wider range of circumstances. “It’s distracting and dangerous, and for too long risky drivers have been able to escape punishment, but this update will mean those doing the wrong thing will face the full force of the law.” The change in law would apply across Britain and is expected to come into effect early next year, pending the outcome of the consultation. In 2019, there were 637 casualties on Britain’s roads – including 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries – in crashes where a driver using a mobile was a contributory factor.

. The University of Leeds was commissioned by the DfT to analyse mobile use by 52 drivers over a total of 765 journeys. Some 662 phone interactions were observed, of which only 38 were completely hands-free. A car being driven at 30mph travels 100 feet in 2.3 seconds, demonstrating how spending a moment to change a song on a playlist or check an app can result in a crash. National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said: “Using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous and being distracted at the wheel can change lives forever. “Police will take robust action against those using a hand-held mobile phone illegally and proposals to make the law clearer are welcome.” Read More Related Articles The speed cameras where most North East drivers get caught out Read More Related Articles Closing pubs would 'drive Covid rule breakers underground', says Northumbria PCC RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “The closing of this loophole is very welcome and reflects the multitude of ways drivers can use hand-held phones when behind the wheel in 2020. “We know that the use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel continues to represent a very real road safety risk, so it’s clear more needs to be done to make this as socially unacceptable as drink-driving. “It’s important that alongside this change to the law, the Government looks seriously at other options that can help enforce the law, which should include new camera technology that can detect different types of hand-held mobile phone use.”

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North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Driving law 'loophole' involving phones is set to change MetiNews.Com

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