Lawyer warns ban on holding phone in car could make roads less safe

A leading automotive lawyer has warned that a new driving law banning drivers from using their phones while driving could make the roads “even more dangerous”.

Drivers can only use “interactive communication” behind the wheel, such as B. SMS according to the applicable rules, be prosecuted.

Still the express reports A new rule change this year means drivers can now be penalized for taking pictures or even changing a song.

Now motorist Nick Freeman has warned that the new policy will limit drivers’ ability to track other drivers who break the law.

And he says this footage could be used as evidence for an investigation.

He said: “This new law means that drivers will no longer be able to illegally film other motorists with their cell phones.

“Traditionally, this type of footage – usually shot in a queue or at a red light – has provided the foundation for countless successful law enforcement operations.

In fact, over the years police have been actively exhorting the public to use their phones in this way to seduce illegal drivers.

“However, since filming or photography is no longer permitted, the public’s film material is massively reduced.

“As a result, far less dangerous drivers are brought to justice. In short, it is the most spectacular and dangerous own goal. “

Mr Freeman has used the argument of non-interactive communication in some of his previous legal cases.

There have been some calls to completely ban the use of mobile phones behind the wheel, despite ministers opposed to the plan.

Drivers can still use hands-free devices behind the steering wheel, e.g. B. Navigation apps in a charging station.

They can also use their phones to pay for meals or take-away services while the car is parked.

Mr. Freeman added, “The thinking is reasonable. It is based on the idea that using a cell phone for any reason behind the wheel is dangerous and distracting.

“But the government is introducing this law in isolation, without thinking about how to replace the way law enforcement has benefited from the footage provided by the drivers.”

Ideally, Mr Freeman said, more cops would be brought onto the streets to address the problem.

As the number of civil servants has fallen dramatically over the past decade, he has called for a new way of monitoring the streets.

Mr. Freeman has called for a penalty that would “wipe out” the problem overnight.

He said, “What we need is a punishment that monitors itself. The only way to do this is to introduce much more severe penalties.

“Using a cell phone behind the wheel is just as distracting as driving with drinks.

“So we need to balance the penalty for illegally using the phone – which is a driving ban [at least] a year – because it has the same level of distraction.

“That would wipe out a dangerous and serious problem overnight.

“We have a government that is shooting itself in the foot.

“Without the help of other drivers to arrest law breakers, we must find an alternative way to prevent people from indulging in the dangerous practice of chatting, texting or using the internet on a handheld phone while driving. “

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