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Today the new mobile phone driving law comes into force, affecting all UK drivers

Anyone caught driving with their wearable device can face a fine of up to £1,000 and six points on their license – with the legislation becoming even stricter from today

Anyone caught driving with their wearable device could face a fine of up to £1,000
Anyone caught driving with their wearable device could face a fine of up to £1,000

A loophole allowing drivers to avoid punishment for using cellphones when taking a picture or playing a game will be closed starting Friday.

New rules ban virtually all portable cell phones on Britain’s roads, in which Transport Secretary Grant Shapps referred to as the “zero tolerance approach”.

New laws mean calling and texting aren’t the only functions prohibited while behind the wheel.

Taking photos or videos, scrolling through playlists, and playing games are also prohibited.

Anyone caught driving with their wearable device can face a fine of up to £1,000 and six points on their driving licence.

Figures from the Department for Transport show that accidents involving a driver with a mobile phone on UK roads have killed 17 and seriously injured a further 114.

Drivers are still allowed to use their phones to make contactless paymentssuch as B. in drive-thru restaurants, as long as their vehicle is stationary.

You can also use your device as a navigation device when it is attached to a cradle.

Mr Shapps said: “I will do everything in my power to ensure the safety of road users which is why I have a zero tolerance approach towards those who choose to risk lives by using their phone behind the wheel .

“I make sure anyone who chooses to break this vital law can be punished for it and we will continue our efforts to ensure our roads are among the safest in the world.”

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AA President Edmund King said: “This is a much-needed tightening of rules to make our roads safer.

“The best thing you can do is turn your glove box into a phone booth. We all need to keep our hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road.”

An £800,000 Think! The awareness campaign will run until the end of April.

An RAC survey of 2,000 UK drivers conducted last week found 43% of motorists are unaware of the changes being introduced and 45% believe they will not be effective.

RAC Spokesman Rod Dennis: “When it comes to enforcement, the dial really needs to be turned up and that means police forces have the resources and technology they need to deal with drivers who continue to break the law , easier to catch.

“Cameras that can automatically detect handheld phone use exist and are being used in other countries, so we think it is high time the UK Government evaluated this technology to enable police forces to use it as quickly as possible use.”

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