Put your mobile phone away while driving
Hertfordshire County Council is urging motorists to put their mobile phones away before they start their journey.
It’s illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. Research has shown that a driver who texts and drives is 13 times more likely to be involved in a collision, and their reaction times in emergencies are often even longer than drivers under the influence of alcohol, according to Coventry University’s Centre for Mobility and Transport.
Yet despite the risks, a quarter of Hertfordshire drivers admit to using their handheld mobile phones behind the wheel.
The Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership, which includes the county council, fire and rescue service and the police, is running a campaign to ensure that drivers understand the law and are aware of the danger of driving while distracted.
The penalties for being caught using a handheld phone behind the wheel are doubling—that means a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
To support the campaign, please share #putitaway messages on social media, or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/putitaway
Source: Hertfordshire Horizon