Driving fine shock: Hundreds of road users play games behind the wheel and risk penalties

Driving fine shock: Hundreds of road users play games behind the wheel and risk penalties

Surveys from Rivervale Leasing have found that 30 percent of 1,000 road users surveyed find hands free games the most distracting in-car technological feature. This can include mobile quiz games drivers can play without touching their screens.

However, playing the games can see drivers’ attention diverted from the road which could see them miss crucial road hazards.

The analysis found that over a quarter of road users were detected by inbuilt sat navs systems in their car.

Virtual reality software for passengers distracted 20 percent of motorists in a major safety concern.

Self-parking technology accounted for six percent of the total distractions with three percent concerned about voice control features.

READ MORE: One quarter of road users blame sat nav devices for crashes

Analysis from the charity found that 77 percent admitted they were more distracted by the technology now than just five years ago.

As well as being a safety risk, driving distractions could also lane road users with serious penalties.

Touching a mobile phone or sat nav while behind the wheel could see drivers issued six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Playing games where drivers are not touching a device can be harder to enforce but police officers can still issue penalties in some cases.

Bud Johnston, Group Marketing Manager at Rivervale said drivers must take “extra care” to stay safe behind the wheel.

He said drivers should concentrate on the road all rimes and only use their in-car technology when it is safe.

He told Express.co.uk: “The future of infotainment includes a lot of high-tech features that are designed to make our driving experience easier.

“But with nearly half of UK drivers admitting that infotainment is distracting, now more than five years ago, we must take extra care to stay safe at the wheel.

“The Highway Code says that the police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because of distractions.

“You could also get three penalty points and a maximum £1,000 fine if you don’t have a full view of the road ahead, so make sure to concentrate at all times when driving and only operate your infotainment system when it’s safe to do so.”

Some road users could also risk being issued with a charge for driving without care and attention which could see fines rise to £2,500.

If a motorist is found to have put clothes at considerable risk then drivers could face a higher £5,000 fine could be issued penalty points.

In some severe cases, road users may even be prosecuted and issued a temporary driving ban.

Published at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:12:00 +0000