UK will ban people from picking up mobile phones while driving

The Department of Transport is set to enact the new legislation next year.

We can all agree as reasonable people that driving and using the mobile phone at the same time poses a large risk to security of public roads, and for that reason from next year it will be illegal to even pick up the phone if you are driving a vehicle.

It will still be legal however to use hands-free devices under the new law; previously there were calls to ban that kind of function - whoever made those calls probably had no more than 3 brain cells - but the ministers rejected those calls.

If anyone of you still reading this article have decided to go to the Department of Transport building and throw an egg at Grant Shapps' face, I would like to bring your attention to the fact that last year there were 637 casualties on Britain's roads - which included 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries - as a result of people using a mobile while driving, so this law does have some logic behind it.

I am surprised though that it took them so long to just ban people from ever picking up a mobile phone while driving, considering that fact that the amount of casualties on the road that were caused by usage of mobile phones have been increasing.

But I will not let my opinion dominate this article, so I would like you fine ladies and gentlemen to tell me your opinion regarding this legislation.

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Comments (10)

  • Agreed, there are too many people still driving whilst using their mobiles!

      7 months ago
  • I agree with the new rule, but there is one thing I don’t agree with, in the U.K. at least. If you get caught using your phone whilst driving you get a £200 fine and 6(?) of your 12 points on your license, which I do agree with, but I think if you’re stationary, say in a traffic jam or waiting at the lights, you are also subject to the same punishment, which I think is wrong. You’re not going to harm somebody in this situation, although it can be a bit annoying when somebody doesn’t move ahead of you because he’s looking at his (or her) phone. But the punishment should be mild because it’s basically a different offence.

      7 months ago
  • Strange because there's already a law like that in Romania

      7 months ago
  • I thought it was just Common sense not to use your phone when driving

      7 months ago
  • Definitely a great idea

      7 months ago