Modern day mobile phones and devices are multi-functional pieces of technology. Not only can they be used to keep in context with friends and family via different media, be it a call, text message, email or social media, but they can also be used to listen to music, take a picture or record video. These have become essential items for most people and used in the right circumstances can provide enjoyment and reassurance.
The law on using hand-held phones and similar devices while driving
It is illegal to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle while using a handheld mobile phone. This also applies to any similar device (which must be held at some point) including smartphones or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). While driving, you must not use your handheld mobile phone, smartphone or PDA:
to make or receive calls
to send or receive text and picture messages
to access the internet
when you're stopped at traffic lights
when you're queuing in traffic
It's also illegal to use a handheld phone when supervising a learner driver or rider. If you're an employer, you can be prosecuted if you ask your employees to make or receive calls when driving.
Don't make or answer calls when you're driving. All phone calls distract drivers' attention from the road.
It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving on the road even if you're stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or are in a car park. All these situations are covered by the legal definition of 'driving on the road'.
Park safely before using your mobile phone. Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Don't call other people when they are driving. If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely.