“Any driver will be distracted by a phone call or text message as it affects the
ability to concentrate and anticipate the road ahead, putting the driver and other
road users at risk.”
He said distraction reduces hazard perception and increases reaction times in a similar
way to drink-driving, making drivers much more likely to cause deaths and injuries.
He added: “Drivers who think they can multi-task are fooling themselves: research
shows 98% are unable to divide their time without it affecting performance.
“Talking on a phone hand-held or hands free, texting, emailing, adjusting sat navs,
eating, drinking and smoking are all proven to increase crash risk.
"The law says a driver must at all times be in proper control of their vehicle.
“If at any time they are not they may be guilty of an offence.
“Police Scotland consistently targets these offences on a daily basis to reduce road
casualties and will deal with offences detected in an appropriate manner.
"We are using this change in the law to, once again, reminding drivers that using
a mobile phone while driving has always been unacceptable and even careful drivers
can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could
result in a serious or fatal collision.”
Mobile phone driving penalties to double
20 February 2017
Fines for using a mobile phone whilst driving will double from next week.
At present, drivers who are stopped while using a hand-held mobile phone are issued
with three penalty points on their licence and a £100 fine.
Under new legislation, which comes into force on Wednesday, March 1, the consequences
double and will be six points and a £200 fine.
In more serious cases, police officers have powers to prosecute drivers for careless
or dangerous driving.
Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said:
“The risks associated with using a phone while behind the wheel have always been