using mobile phone whilst driving

Using a mobile phone whilst driving

About using a mobile phone whilst driving

According to the law, it is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone whilst driving. If you want to use your mobile phone, you must park in a safe space and turn your engine off, you can still be convicted of using a mobile phone if your engine is switched on. Furthermore, you cannot use a mobile phone whilst waiting in traffic lights or queues.

This law has been put into place to protect you and other drivers, using a mobile phone can make you more distracted on the road, therefore imposing a risk of accidents with other road users.

Mobile Phone whilst driving penalties

Using a mobile phone whilst driving is a very serious driving offence, it can lead to some substantial penalties that can pose some big inconveniences in your life. You can be faced with a fine of £1,000 to £2,500 (if you are driving a bus coach or goods vehicle), 6 points on your license and even a possible disqualification from driving depending on the severity of your offence.

Other consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving

Using a mobile phone whilst driving can not only come with some pretty considerable penalties, but more serious offences can lead to a criminal record. A criminal record doesn’t look good when looking for a future job, employers may check your criminal record and that can minimise your chances of getting a job in the future. Using your mobile phone whilst driving offences can also affect your car insurance premiums, possibly making them significantly higher, adding unnecessary costs to your daily life.

What can I do if I have been charged with driving with a mobile phone?

There has to be proof without reasonable doubt that you were using your mobile phone whilst driving, this includes texting or using any other apps on your phone. If you have been convicted of using your mobile phone whilst driving, we highly recommend that you contact Solicitors on Your Side now! Our experienced solicitors can use their expertise to help you explore your options, to get the best possible outcome for your case.

Types of mobile phone offences

There’s a range of things you can do to be convicted of using a mobile phone whilst driving, these include:

  • Using a handheld mobile device to text
  • Using a handheld device to call
  • Using a handheld device to use other apps
  • Using a handheld device in traffic
  • Using a handheld device when your engine is switched on

The severity of the conviction depends on the severity of the case, contact Solicitors on Your Side to get the best possible advice for your particular case.

Defences for using a mobile phone

If you have been convicted of using a mobile phone whilst driving, there’s a range of things you can use to defend your case, these include:

  • You were calling emergency services whilst driving
  • You were not using a mobile handheld phone
  • You were not driving

Contact Solicitors On Your Side now to explore your options to defend your case and minimise your conviction. Our experienced solicitors will use their expertise to help you with your case and will make sure your process is as easy and stress-free as possible, enabling you to get back to day to day life as soon as possible.

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