A motorist has been reported after being flagged down by police when he was caught using his mobile phone. The motorist told the officer he was using the device to change music at the time – which is now an offence.
This is after the law changed at the end of March to say drivers will face a £200 fine for changing music in the car or simply touching your phone. It’s one of many new rules aimed at preventing distractions on the road.
Tweeting about the incident, which happened on the A38 in Liskeard, Devon and Cornwall Police’s ‘No Excuses’ Road Safety Team said: “A38 #Liskeard – driver using cell phone while driving in his work van to ‘change the music’ – arrested and reported #No excuses #Fatal5.”
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New changes to the law on using your mobile phone while driving mean those caught breaking them face stiff penalties. Stricter legislation on using your mobile phone while driving came into force on March 25 this year.
A number of new rules have been added to prevent drivers from being distracted by their phones while driving. Under new laws, simply turning on the screen, unlocking it, or checking the time can get you in trouble.