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    Q394: What about texting whilst driving?

    Texting whilst driving is not permitted if you have to hold the phone to operate it.

    Please note from 1st March 2017 the penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving will increase to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. Anyone who is caught a second time could potentially face a £1000 fine and six-month ban from driving. The new penalties apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

    You can also be prosecuted for careless driving or dangerous driving which carry higher penalties. If you kill someone in an accident caused by phoning or texting etc. you can expect a lengthy sentence of imprisonment.

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