Adult Road Safety
Whatever the cause, distractions that take your attention away from concentrating on the road ahead and the traffic conditions around - even for a matter of seconds - can have disastrous consequences. Apart from the obvious risk to others, you will also be putting yourself at risk of being charged with driving without due care and attention or, even worse, careless, reckless or dangerous driving which will inevitably impact on your insurance, your licence and possibly your freedom with the threat of imprisonment for the most serious offences.
And remember ... talking, dialling or texting on a hand held mobile while driving has been illegal since 2003. Even if otherwise driving safely, getting caught using a mobile when driving will result in an automatic £60 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence. Drivers can also be taken to court if the reporting police officer considers the offence to be particularly serious or if the driver refuses to accept the fixed penalty. In this case, the fine will almost certainly be larger and could even result in disqualification. The maximum fine that can be imposed by a court is £1000, rising to £2500 for drivers of buses or goods vehicles.
Did You know?
A quarter of all road traffic casualties in the West of Scotland each year are aged between 17 and 25 (Source: Strathclyde Police).