The bad driving habit that could cost you £200 and six points


Upcoming traffic changes could see some 1.8 million drivers fined unless they change a basic driving habit.

The rules are due to be tightened on January 29, 2022, bringing some of the most significant changes for many years, the Daily Express reports.

One of the biggest changes is tougher mobile phone laws, with drivers facing a fixed £200 fine and six points on their license if they fail to comply.

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It is already illegal to text or call using a cell phone while driving, except in an emergency.

But with the new changes, the law will also prohibit drivers from taking photos and videos, scrolling through playlists or playing games.

Motorists can still use a ‘hands-free’ device while driving, such as a sat nav, but should ensure they drive responsibly.

It comes as new research has found around 1.79million motorists use their mobile phones on the motorway.

New road cameras that monitor mobile phone use while driving are already being tested on highways.

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One of the cameras involved in the lawsuit captured 15,000 drivers using their mobile phones while driving.

With the ability to capture clear images at speeds up to 185 mph and in all weather conditions, the cameras can be mounted on overhead gantries or portable trailers.

Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), photographs will be taken of all automatically detected drivers and offenders.

The photos will then be reviewed by a human before further action is taken.

Previous data from GoCompare revealed that tougher penalties have shown a reduction in convictions in the past.

However, one could suggest that drivers have become more savvy to avoid being caught.

Ryan Fulthorpe, car insurance expert at GoCompare, warned drivers about fines and how they could be caught out.

He said: “With the trial showing the shocking number of people breaking traffic laws while driving, it is clear that more needs to be done to enforce these safety measures to keep the roads as safe as possible for all road users. of the road.

“If the number of drivers caught using their phones continues to reflect the data suggested by the trial, we hope that the ability to effectively penalize those who break the rules will act as a powerful deterrent against dangerous driving.

“Hopefully, with more accurate and conscientious road safety monitoring, we will continue to see fewer violations and safer roads as a result.”

Previously, cellphone laws were only enforceable by police witnessing violations while driving alongside at-fault drivers.

Observation had been difficult, especially for those in larger vehicles such as heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Mr Fulthorpe also warned of the impact being caught could have on drivers and their car insurance rates.

Having four or six penalty points on a driver’s license can increase the cost of an insurance policy by an average of 56%.

This could affect thousands of drivers, as data recorded by cameras during the trial estimates that one in 200 drivers uses their phone while driving on the motorway.

There are also concerns that this number could be higher on residential roads, as motorists may feel that driving at a lower speed allows them to have more control over their car while using their phone.

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