Police have caught a driver using his mobile phone while behind the wheel. According to reports, the vehicle “flew” past an unmarked police car on the A30 near Plusha before slowing down and drifting in the lane in front.
Overtaking the vehicle, the police saw the driver was using his mobile phone with both hands held against the steering wheel. The driver of the Kia was stopped and reported.
On March 25 of this year, a number of new rules have been added to prevent drivers from being distracted by their phones when driving. Under the new laws, even just lighting the screen, unlocking or checking the time can get you into trouble.
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In a post shared to the official Devon and Cornwall Police – No Excuse Twitter account, they shared the new rules and said: “Mobile phone law changes on the 25th March making it much easier for us to use the stronger legislation to deal with those using phones while driving #NoExcuse #Fatal5 #DriveToArrive.”
The No Excuse team is one of Devon and Cornwall Police’s measures to tackle driving offenses and safety issues to, in turn, reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.
The Fatal Five are excessive or inappropriate speed, not wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving such as using a handheld mobile phone, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and careless or inconsiderate driving.
As of March 25, the meaning of ‘using’ a phone will be expanded to cover the following:
- Illuminating the screen
- Checking the time
- Unlocking the device
- Making, receiving, or rejecting a telephone or internet based call
- Sending, receiving or uploading oral or written content
- Sending, receiving or uploading a photo or video
- Using camera, video, or sound recording
- Drafting any text
- Accessing any stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, films, playlists, notes, or messages
- Access an app
- Accessing the internet
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