Warning to motorists ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend
Using a mobile as a sat nav in your car could get you into trouble if caught touching it
Back in April this year, the laws were changed regarding using a mobile phone in a vehicle whilst driving. Now if a motorist is pulled over by the police for using their mobile whilst behind the wheel, they could receive a £200 fine and six points on their licence – both double what they used to be.
What many drivers don’t know however, is if you use your mobile phone in the car as a sat nat, you could get into hot water if you touch the device whilst driving.
Police chiefs are warning motorists ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend to remember not only is using your mobile phone whilst driving to text or make a call going to get you into trouble with the police, so will using it as a navigation device if you touch it whilst driving.
It isn’t illegal to use a navigation app on your mobile phone but drivers can be hit with a fine, points on their licence or even a ban if caught touching the device whilst behind the wheel.
Those who’ve only held a full driving licence for less than two years could have their licence taken off them if caught using a mobile phone whilst driving to either text, make a call or for messing with the device whilst running it to navigate them to a destination.
“If an officer determines that a driver using their sat nav hindered their ability to control the car, the driver could face prosecution,” said a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council.
However, the police’s warnings have uncovered a slight inconsistency when it comes to this issue, as penalties for using a built-in sat nav or a traditional system tend to be less severe compared to the punishments handed out for using a mobile phone as a navigation device.
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