Using a Mobile Phone Offence
Driving whilst using a mobile phone
Since 2003 it has been an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone or another hand-held device while driving.
You can use hands-free phones – as long as you don’t press any buttons – sat navs and two-way radios when you’re driving or riding.
But if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle, you could still get stopped and penalised.
The law also applies to those riding a motorcycle.
Example of a common misconceived defence
I got a call when I was driving, and I only picked up the phone to disconnect the call.
Even if you never make a call when behind the wheel, you’re still breaking the law if you use the phone, for example, to text or browse the internet. This includes while you’re in static traffic, slow-moving traffic, and while stationary at traffic lights.
If you think you are wrongly accused of this please feel free to contact us and arrange a free consultation..
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