Switch It Off!
Research has shown that operating a handheld or hands-free mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision.
You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving - whatever you’re doing with it.
Many vehicles now have Bluetooth or handsfree kits installed, but using a handsfree phone does not significantly reduce the risk because the issues are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of having a phone conversation at the same time as you're driving.
You could receive 6 penalty points on your driving licence and a £200 fine if you use a handheld phone at the wheel. If you have passed your driving test in the last 2 years you will lose your licence and would have to retake your both theory and practical tests again.
Depending on the circumstances you could also be taken to court where you may:
- be banned from driving or riding
- get a fine of up to £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)
Please be aware that the law still applies to you if you’re:
- waiting at traffic lights
- queuing in traffic
- supervising a learner driver
Despite the warnings, some people continue to put innocent road users in danger by flouting the law. Road Safety Wales advises all motorists to switch off their mobile phones each time before driving or riding a vehicle, or face tough penalties.