The UK Government is considering banning motorists from using mobile phones while driving.
The Department for Transport may permit the use of hands-free kits, as well as the use of mobile phones by passengers, but drivers would not be able to use hand-held phones even while stopped at a traffic light or in a traffic jam.
Although drivers who use hand-held phones can already be prosecuted for failing to have proper control of their vehicle, the Government believes that a specific law against using a cell phone while driving should be introduced.
Road safety minister David Jamieson is seeking views from interested parties before 25 November.
The Department's consultation document quotes research suggesting that drivers are four times more likely to have an accident if they are using a mobile phone.
"We are consulting widely on introducing a specific offence of driving while using a hand-held mobile phone," said Jamieson.
"This should leave no-one in any doubt that we are serious about the dangers that this practice presents to drivers and all road users.
"We are keen to see contributions from as many people as possible to help decide the way forward."
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