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    UK doubles punishment for Mobile use while driving.

    I would say that they should do that in Thailand, but as long as they don't enforce laws there's probably no point.

    Drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel face tougher penalties from Wednesday.

    The fixed penalty for being caught using a handheld phone in the car will double to a 200 fine and six points on your licence from 1 March. First-time offenders will not be allowed to take a remedial training course.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) said mobile phone use while driving "has a worse impact on driving ability than being above the drink driving limit" and is introducing its new rules after a consultation last year.

    Fines for this offence were first introduced in 2003, at 30. They were doubled in 2007 and drivers falling foul of the law were also given three penalty points. In 2013 the fine went up to 100 but "there has been no sustained reduction in observed mobile phone use over time", according to the DfT.

    The department said mobile phone use contributed to 21 fatal accidents and 84 serious ones in 2014, and that the figures were likely underestimates though they represented only 1 and 0.5 per cent, respectively, of crashes.

    The new rules will hit new and "vocational" drivers particularly hard. Recently-qualified motorists' licences are revoked when they accumulate six points, and HGV drivers can face the same sanction.

    The law - what you need to know

    It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while riding a motorbike or driving, even if you are stopped at the lights or in a queue
    The same applies if you are supervising a learner driver
    The police can stop you if they think you are distracted, even if your phone or sat-nav is hands-free
    Drivers can only use their phones to make emergency calls when it is "unsafe or impractical" to stop, or if they are safely parked
    Earlier this year ministers were to meet car manufacturers and mobile companies to discuss a plan to automatically stop phones working in moving cars, making it impossible for drivers to text, call, or send emails at the wheel.

    The DfT was reportedly considering implementing new technology that would block phone signal for drivers.

    The software would make mobiles virtually useless by disabling any function that requires internet access or connection to a telephone network.

    The move came after almost one in three motorists admitted to having used their phone while driving.
    Fines for using mobile phone while driving to double | The Independent

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    Smart move. Thailand needs to do the same.

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    I like that in the UK the police use trucks to drive on the motorway and look down into cars. Clever.

    As for phone blocking. Salesmen use phones a lot. The phone needs to be able to register that there is an incoming call and the caller needs to receive a message that says the recipient is driving. Fiddling with Sat. Nav. also needs to be addressed.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    The move came after almost one in three motorists admitted to having used their phone while driving.
    Fukkin retards

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    Still perfectly legal in Sweden i believe despite the icy winter roads and all those nasty Germans driving motorhomes in the summer.

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    ^ Ah wait until all the refugees get phones and start driving on ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    ^ Ah wait until all the refugees get phones and start driving on ice.
    And what about last night's terrible events?

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    In the U.K. If you pass your driving test, get granted a driving license, it's on a probation period of 2 years.
    Get 6 penalty points on license within 2 years, it is then void.
    So getting bust just ' once ' on a mobile and your driving license ends.

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    Haven't most cars got hands free anyway?
    That's legal isn't it?

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