Mobile Phone Safety
Switch off before you drive off
It is now illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving, even when you are stopped at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic. This includes making or receiving calls, pictures, text messaging or accessing the Internet; you must pull over to a safe location.
Risk using a hand-held mobile phone when driving, and you risk a fine.
Mobile phones and the law
Driving when using a hand-held mobile phone is now illegal and you may be fined £30. This can be increased to a maximum of £1000 (£2,500 for drivers of vans, lorries, buses and coaches) if the matter goes to court.
Picking up or using any type of phone or similar device that is, or must be, held to operate it, would be breaking the law.
You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you fail to have proper control of your vehicle.
Drive carelessly or dangerously when using any phone and the penalties can include disqualification, a large fine, and up to two years imprisonment.
Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership can provide further road safety information.