Changes will come into effect on January 29, meaning motorists will not be able to take photos or videos, scroll through music playlists or play games while behind the wheel
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Any driver has been warned that they could be fined £200 due to changes to the highway code.
Drivers will be fined automatically for what has become a basic driving habit for some drivers.
It is already illegal to text or call from a portable phone while driving, except in an emergency.
But changes introduced on January 29 mean motorists will now also be unable to take photos or videos, scroll through music playlists or play games.
It’s one of the biggest changes to mobile phone legislation and could fine drivers £200 and six points on their licence.
Drivers can still use a ‘hands-free’ device, such as a navigation system, while driving, but they must ensure that they are driving responsibly.
This is because new research has found that an estimated 1.79 million motorists use their cell phones on the highway, the Express says.
New roadside cameras that monitor cell phone use while driving are already being trialled on highways.
In the process, one camera caught a shocking 15,000 drivers using their cellphones while driving.
With the ability to capture clear images at speeds of up to 280 mph and in all weather conditions, the cameras can be mounted on overhead gantries or portable trailers, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Artificial intelligence (AI) automatically takes pictures of all drivers and rule breakers.
The photos are then examined by a human before further action is taken.
Previous data from GoCompare showed that tougher penalties had led to a reduction in convictions in the past, although it could be suggested that drivers have become smarter at avoiding getting caught.
Ryan Fulthorpe, auto insurance expert at GoCompare, warned drivers about the fines and how they could be caught.
He said: “With the trial showing the shocking number of people breaking traffic laws while driving, it is clear that more needs to be done to enforce these safety measures to keep the roads as safe as possible for all road users.
“If the number of drivers caught using their phones continues to reflect the data suggested at the trial, we hope that the ability to effectively punish those who break the rules will be a powerful deterrent to dangerous driving.
“Hopefully, with more careful and conscientious monitoring of road safety, we will continue to see the number of violations decrease and safer roads as a result.”
Previously, cell phone laws were only enforceable by the police who witnessed the offenses while driving alongside offending drivers.
Observation was difficult, especially for those in larger vehicles such as heavy trucks (trucks).
Fulthorpe also warned about the impact of getting caught on drivers and their auto insurance rates.
Having four or six penalty points on a driver’s license can increase the cost of insurance by an average of 56 percent.
This could affect thousands of drivers, as data recorded with the cameras during the trial estimates that one in 200 drivers uses their phone while driving on the highway.
There are also fears that this number could be higher on residential roads, as drivers may believe that a slower speed gives them more control over their car while using their phone.