Using a mobile phone whilst driving is not only dangerous, it is also illegal. Despite this many drivers continue to do so. Research from the Department for Transport suggests that drivers using mobiles whilst driving are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident than those who don't.
The only situation in where it is permissable to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving is if you need to call the emergency services, and even then only if you can't find a safe place to stop.
Due to enforcement problems the use of hands-free phones are permitted. Although safer because both hands are on the wheel, they are still considered likely to affect your concentration and judgement whilst driving. Reaction times can be up to 50% slower than normal when using any mobile phone in the car.
If you need to make a phone call or answer the phone, the simple answer is don't do so whilst you're on the road. The recommended course of action is to pull over when safe to do so and call them back if necessary. Even if your car is stationary at traffic lights or while you are stuck in a traffic queue.
The minimum penalty you are likely to receive is three penalty points and a £60 fine. However, if you cause a car accident as a result of your actions the penalties are more severe. In this situation you could expect to receive a fine of up to £1000 for private individuals, or £2500 for drivers of commercial vehicles, and a discretionary disqualification, as well as penalty points.
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