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Mobile Phones and Driving: Eliminate Distractions, Save Lives


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Using a mobile phone while driving causes a lapse in concentration which places you and your fellow road users in danger.

According to the RSA, you are four times more likely to have a crash when you're on a mobile phone.

Driver distraction plays a role in 20-30% of all road collisions.

Something as seemingly innocuous as responding to a text message can distract you for long enough to lose control and crash. According to a Gay Byrne, a recent study revealed that “the distraction caused by using a mobile phone while driving is comparable to driving drunk”.

Our relationship with technology has to change, for our safety and the safety of other road users. Constant connection is not as important as human welfare. Here are some tips from the RSA for dealing with this.

Solutions

1. Even with a hands-free kit, your concentration is negatively affected. As a rule, you should not use hands-free kits.

2. Turn off your phone or put it on 'silent' or 'meeting' option while driving.

3. Set up voicemail so that people can leave messages for you while you are driving.

4. Pull in somewhere safe and legal at intervals in your journey to check messages and return calls. Remember: it is illegal to stop on a motorway unless it is an emergency.

Important

• It’s illegal to hold a mobile phone in your hand or support it with another part of your body, for example between your head and shoulder, when you’re driving. You can only use your mobile when you’re driving if you are phoning 999 or 112, or it is another type of emergency.

• Never take notes, look up a number or send text messages while you are driving. If you need to use your mobile, stop your car, keep your calls short and try to avoid emotional or stressful calls.

Charges and Penalty Points

If the Gardaí charge you for this using your mobile phone when driving, you will get a fixed charge notice of €60. If you pay the fixed charge you will get two penalty points. 

If you choose not to pay the fixed charge and are then convicted in court you will get four penalty points and a fine of up to €2,000.

Using a hands-free kit with your phone is not illegal, but it will cause a temporary lapse in concentration when you use your mobile phone and this puts other road users in jeopardy.  

Dangerous Driving

You could be prosecuted for dangerous driving, careless driving or driving without due care and attention. You could have your licence endorsed or even lose your licence. Remember, the safe control of your car, van or bus is your responsibility.

Don’t use your mobile phone and drive!

Goggin Insurances is a well established Young Drivers Car Insurance Provider operating in Ireland for over twenty years. 




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