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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Meg Munn MP today welcomes Government proposals to make driving while using a hand-held mobile phone a specific offence.

Meg Munn MP said:

"Driving whilst using a mobile phone is dangerous. Up until now it has not been illegal to drive while on the phone, although anyone driving without due care and attention as a result of being on their phone has been breaking the law.

With these new proposals it will be illegal to drive and hold your phone.

Everyone is very wary when walking or driving close to someone who is talking on their mobile phone because we all know that it is easy to be distracted by a phone call or text message. Nobody can be watching the road, looking out for hazards and paying close attention to their surroundings if they are sending texts or chatting, with only one hand on the wheel.

I hope the decision to introduce this new offence will make the roads safer for us all in Sheffield. Missing a call won’t kill you, but an accident quite possibly could and is dangerous for other people too."

Research has demonstrated that if you drive and use a mobile phone you are four times more likely to have an accident.


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