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It's a measure to stop distracted driving

UK drivers will have to hand their phones over to police in the event of a motor vehicle accident, according to a new report from The Telegraph
 
In an effort to cut down on the number of vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving, UK police are seizing cell phones of drivers involved to see if texting, phone calls or any other mobile-related activities took place just prior to or during the crash. 
 
The Association of Chief Police Officers issued the new rules. Previously, cell phones were only taken when a collision resulted in someone being killed or seriously injured, but now, it will occur with all road accidents. 
 
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin added that the government could also double the penalty for drivers caught texting to six points on their license.
 


The Telegraph said more than 500 people are thought to be killed or seriously injured every year because drivers were texting, emailing or posting on social media website. 
 
The U.S. has been upping awareness of distracted driving as well. In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released new guidelines -- which were issued by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) -- with recommendations on how and when a driver should interact with certain electronic devices. 
 
Later, in August 2013, a three-judge panel at the Superior Court of New Jersey's Appellate Division ruled that in some cases you can be held civilly liable under distracted driving statutes if you text a driver and they commit a vehicular crime, such as hitting someone or damaging property. 

Source: The Telegraph





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