Drivers being convicted for mobile phone “offences” almost doubled between 2021 – 2022.
The latest information shows that there was a 93% increase in Drivers being prosecuted for using their phone while driving…
I’m going to guess that in 2023 it more than doubled again …we will see.
However — as always with government extortion rackets — all is not as it first seems…
I think that most of us agree that it can be dangerous if phones are misused while driving.
For example scrolling through social media, or texting.
This is usually due to phone addiction in my opinion.
Anyway, Police are — predictably — abusing their powers by ignoring common sense and persecuting perfectly safe Drivers who touch their phone whilst stationary in traffic jams, for example.
I know this because its been reported by several BTST Members …and because it happened to me!
In my case, I was changing the music track whilst stationary. I just laughed at the so-called police and asked if they realised how ridiculous what they were trying to enforce was.
I think they did, although they wouldn’t admit it.
Personally, I haven’t received any points and have not paid any fine, because I’ve done nothing wrong or illegal (which, sadly, are not remotely the same thing these days).
However, the 93% increase in fines from 2021 – 2022 represents Drivers who were prosecuted and paid the £200 fine, as well as taking the 6 points on their driving licence…
I have no issue with actual dangerous Drivers being pulled up on their actions.
But Drivers sitting stationary in traffic jams..?
Its clearly just the latest excuse to extract money from us in many — I would guess most — cases…
Many don’t understand the new legislation around what you “can” and “can’t” do with your phone in a car.
So I’m going to clarify the “law” for you in a newsletter in the next few days after I’ve spoken to DriveProtects’ Lawyer, Matthew to ensure what I tell you is 100% correct.
All the best,
P.S. We’re working on a brand new TALEX device that will mean Members will never get a ticket for using their phone. I’m quite excited about this one and — all going well — hope to launch it in the next few months…
More on that soon!