A growing number of drivers are failing to recognise the laws around the use of mobile phones while driving, a report says.
According to figures obtained by RAC, 31 per cent of motorists said they used a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared to just 8 per cent who said the same in 2014.
And around 19 per cent of drivers said they had sent a message or posted on social media while driving, and 14 per cent said they had taken a photograph or video while driving.
Drivers can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if they are caught using a hand-held phone while driving a car or riding a motorcycle, which includes 3 penalty points and a fine of £100.
Drivers can also go to court, be disqualified from driving, and get a maximum fine of £1,000, or £2,500 for drivers of buses of goods vehicles.
The rules are still the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
In some cases, even the use of a hand-free device can be considered illegal, if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle.
The survey found that those who admitted to using a mobile phone while driving did so because it was an emergency, 21 per cent said they needed information for their journey, and 12 per cent said it was a habit.
If you are facing accusations of using a mobile phone while driving or allowing its use by someone else while driving, then the specialist road traffic offence solicitors at Lester Morrill can advise you on your options and provide expert representation.
To find out more about how our road traffic offence solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help you, please contact us.