Legal experts are warning that drivers in the UK who pay for fast food at a drive-through restaurant on their mobile phone may be breaking the law.
The warning comes after the penalties for driving and using a mobile phone were doubled for those caught on British roads.
However, lawyers at one Scottish legal firm say that using a phone app to pay via contactless methods could land the driver with a £200 fine and six penalty points.
The law firm says that to use a smartphone app in anyway while the vehicle’s engine is running is illegal.
And the rules which are applied to drivers using mobiles when behind the wheel also apply to those who using their mobile devices to pay via contactless methods.
Phone users are also being warned about sneaking a peek at their social media sites including Twitter and Facebook while they are awaiting their order to be delivered.
Some regional newspapers are also reporting that Cleveland Police have been advising people to switch off engines before paying at a drive-through with their smart phone – though they point out that ‘common sense’ will be applied before anyone is prosecuted.
Phone users cause car smashes
Researchers in America have concluded that more than half of car smashes are caused by drivers using a smartphone app.
The study was carried out by Cambridge Mobile Telematics by analysing 1,000 real-world car crashes along with tens of thousands of near misses.
Among the most common forms for distraction are texting, social media and email use.
The study reveals that drivers are distracted for at least 135 seconds when they use their phone.
The research concludes that drivers who use their phone most when driving are around six times more likely to be involved in a crash in those who are not as distracted.
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