Drivers can be heavily fined and pointed to their license for a simple mistake while getting a tasty treat from a drive.
Motorists are facing tougher regulations around the country – meaning paying for your food could soon cause problems.
Under new laws that take effect next month, motorists will have more restrictions on using their phones and other devices behind the wheel.
From March 25, it will be illegal to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or access any app on your phone while driving.
Under current law, drivers are prohibited from texting or calling – except in an emergency – while using a hand-held device.
As such, paying for food while driving like KFC, McDonalds and Costa could technically be breaking the law if it’s done through your mobile phone – through apps like Apple Pay and Google. Pay.
Even if your car is stationary, you are still considered driving if your engine is running – as a result you could face a £200 fine and six points on your license for relying on into the window with the phone in hand.
Government data has shown that 17 people have been killed in 2020 from crashes involving drivers distracted by their phones.
Ministry of Transport figures show that 114 more people were seriously injured and 385 people were slightly injured in such collisions.
More than one-sixth of those killed or seriously injured were pedestrians or cyclists, showing the threat posed to vulnerable road users from drivers preoccupied with their phones. .
The Highway code was updated at the end of January to give pedestrians and cyclists more protection on the road.
The new laws will still allow the use of devices like sat navs and cell phones that use satellite navigation, if they are secured in a cradle.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “AA has long campaigned to strengthen these rules, and we welcome this announcement.
“This is a much-needed legislative upgrade to make our roads safer.
“Cell phones bring a lot of distractions and this sends a clear message that picking them up to use will not be tolerated.
“The law will also become tougher as the use of smartwatches, tablets and laptops behind the wheel will apply.
“Drivers will be very limited when they can pick up their phone, mainly to call emergency services when there is no opportunity to safely pull over to the side of the road and make contactless payments while driving.
“Being stuck in traffic or waiting for lights is not an excuse, we want people to always be at the wheel and keep an eye on the road.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8434810/drivers-fine-six-points-licence-for-common-error/ Drivers could face a £200 fine and six license points for this common mistake when accessing drive-thru