NO TEXT OR CALL IS WORTH DYING FOR

LEAVE THE

PHONE ALONE

It’s difficult to resist the temptation to pick up your phone when you’re driving – even though it’s illegal. But as soon as you take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel you’re putting yourself and others at risk.

MAKE SURE YOU:

> Put your phone away before driving so you won’t be tempted to use it. Make the glove compartment the phone compartment.
> Use hands free devices responsibly
> Don’t call other people when you know they are driving

A substantial body of research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone whilst driving is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of driver crashing.

Drivers are:

  • much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them;
  • fail to see road signs and fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed;
  • more likely to ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front;
  • react more slowly, take longer to brake and longer to stop;
  • more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic;
  • feel more stressed and frustrated

THE FACTS:

  • Drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards;
  • Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone; Source: Think!
  • Your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive;
    Source: Think!
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash

THE LAW:

JERSEY AND GUERNSEY

  • It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media;
  • If you are supervising a learner driver and there is a collision whilst using your mobile phone, and you had failed to act as the supervisor you may well be liable for prosecution under different offences;
  • If you are caught using a handheld phone whilst driving, penalties in Jersey and Guernsey can result in a significant fine and could result in higher insurance costs;
  • In Jersey, repeat offences could mean you lose your licence;
  • In Guernsey repeat offences will be prosecuted in court and may well result in a ban;
  • Using hands free is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police
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