Switch off before you drive off

So this have been in the UK for a while but not really inforced.  So the powers that be have upped the fine

Source: http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/campaigns/mobilephones/mobilephones.htm

New legislation to increase the penalty for using a hand-held phone whilst driving will come into force on 27 February 2007. The current fine of £30 will increase to £60 and three penalty points on your licence. Penalty points can mean higher insurance costs. If you get six points within two years of passing your test, your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit the test. If the case goes to court, you could risk a maximum fine of £1,000, which rises to £2,500 for the driver of a bus, coach, or heavy goods vehicle.

A driver can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you are not in proper control of your vehicle when using the device. The penalties are the same – £60 fine and three points on your licence.

However the law doesn’t seem to cover using a laptop while driving .. This guy found out it is a BAD idea … Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/2007/02/27/laptop_using_driver/ .. Wonder if this applies for a Darwin Award?  Maybe he was using GPS on his laptop?

” Using your laptop while driving can be hazardous to your health as one Californian man found out. The 28-year-old man died after his Toyota Corolla slammed head on into a Hummer on Highway 99 north of Sacramento. California Highway Patrol Commander Scott Silsbee told UPI that the man was probably lost control because he was typing on a laptop.

Despite the crash, the laptop was still powered on and was plugged into the cigarette lighter. The occupants of the Hummer were slightly hurt and were treated and released “


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