Stricter rules on using mobile phones while driving have come into effect today in the UK, flattening out a previous loophole in the law.
It is already an offence to make phone calls or send text messages on a mobile phone while driving, however from today virtually all uses of a mobile while driving will be illegal.
This closes a loophole where it was formerly legal for a driver to take photographs or scroll through music playlists while driving.
South Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Sergeant Mark Bradey said: “We welcome the change to the law and hope that drivers think twice about holding or using their mobile phone while driving.
“As roads policing officers we see the devastating impact that road traffic collisions have on victims and their family and friends.”
Motorists can now face fines ranging from £200 up to £1000, six points on their licence and possibly even a full driving ban if found guilty.
Using a phone as a sat-nav is still allowed but the mobile must be securely attached to a dashboard or windscreen and not obstruct the driver’s view.
Drivers may also use their mobile phone to make cashless payments at a drive through.
Sgt Bradey added: “These changes to the law are about saving lives and avoiding further collisions.
“We now live in a world where we are addicted to our phones, if you are tempted to use your phone while driving, lock it away, out of sight.
“Let’s all do our part to create safer roads for everyone.”