New #laws will come into force from March 1 which will see the #penalties for #mobile-using motorists double - meaning people can be handed six points on their #driving #licence and a £200 #fine. In more serious cases, police can also #prosecute drivers for #careless or #dangerous driving.
what you need to know:
Can you use your phone at #traffic lights?
No. Even when you're stationary it's still classed as driving and you are still in charge of the #vehicle so using your #phone in traffic or at lights is still an offence.
Can you press buttons on your phone to answer/hang up a #call on hands-free?
No. The phone must be secured in a holder out of the 45-degree angle of the driver's view. You can't touch it while driving.
Is it OK to #answer a call while driving if your phone is on #loudspeaker on your knee?
No. It's still classed as using your phone while driving whether it's in your hand or not.
Can you use your phone as a sat nav?
Yes – as long as you programme it before you start the car and set off and it's in a holder out of the 45-degree angle of the driver's view. You cant re-programme or touch it while in motion, the same rules apply for any sat nav.
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