Research shows you are four times more likely to have a crash if you use a mobile phone while driving.
Holding a mobile phone in your hand or supporting it with another body part such as your head or shoulder, while driving is deemed as an offence.
The only exceptions include calls made to 999 or 112 of other forms of emergencies.
Using the internet for social media sites, making or receiving calls or reading or composing text messages while behind the wheel are all identified as sources of distraction.
Driver distraction is one of the major risk factors that cause road traffic accidents.
The Department for Transport UK suggests that you are four times more likely to have a crash if you use a mobile phone while driving.
By undertaking these actions, you are putting your lives at risk and the lives of others. One of the most experienced road-users could end up losing their concentration and crashing.
According to the RSA, parties will receive a fixed charge notice of €60, which should be paid within a twenty-eight day period and upon payment three penalty points follow.
After the twenty-eight day period has passed, the charge increases to €90 if unpaid.
Two penalty points were issued for the same offence up until 17th April 2016 when there was a review of the legalities surrounding penalty points and fixed charges.
If the fixed charge is not paid, conviction in court can result in five penalty points and a fine up to €2,000.
A total of twelve penalty points results in automatic disqualification.
A new study conducted by Aviva Insurance shows that four out of five Irish drivers admit to using electronic devices or consulting maps while driving.
The statistic amounts to 84%, compared to an U.K. figure of 66% of drivers.
- 45% admit to making a phone call while driving.
- 26% of those surveyed admitted to sending text messages while behind the wheel.
- 15% admitted to checking or posting to social media while driving.
- Choosing music and inputting data into a Sat-nav system while driving were among the other areas that research was conducted in.
66% of drivers chose music while behind the wheel, with a further 35% of Irish drivers admitted to utilising sat-nav systems to enter information.
A number of guidelines:
- Purchase a Hand-free kit or Bluetooth system for your vehicle.
- Turn off your mobile phone or put it on ‘silent’ or ‘meeting’ before taking off on your journey.
- Stop your car in a safe legal place in order to take a call if completely necessary.
- Drive safely, following the rules of the road.
See a helpful document produced by the RSA.