At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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Road Traffic Accidents & Mobile Phones

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland
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girl on mobile phoneIt is illegal to ride a motorbike or drive while using a handheld mobile phone or similar device.

If you are caught, you face an automatic fixed penalty notice, a fine of £200 and six penalty points on your licence.

The rules were originally brought in to try to reduce the number of car accidents caused by drivers using hand-held mobile phones while behind the wheel. However, it is still not unusual to see drivers making phone calls or texting while driving; in fact, it is alarmingly common.

The effects of mobile use when driving

Drivers may feel that using a handheld mobile phone does not impair their driving because they are still able to see the road. However, there is evidence to show that the use of mobile phones while driving reduces reaction times and impairs the driver's awareness of other traffic. Some studies have even indicated that driving while using a phone is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), using a phone while driving has the following effects on drivers:

  • Reduces awareness of the road and road traffic conditions
  • Reduces awareness of road signs
  • Reduces the ability to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
  • Increases the likelihood of "tailgating"
  • Reduces reaction times and increases stopping distance
  • Reduces the quality of decision making
  • Increases stress and frustration

Hands-free kits

Although the ban does not apply to the use of hands-free kits whilst driving, they can still be the cause of road traffic accidents. The courts have taken the view that drivers can be prosecuted if they are driving dangerously due to the use of a hands-free kit. This type of car accident is not viewed lightly and judges have imposed prison sentences for motorists who caused serious and fatal motor accidents while making a call even if a hands free kit was used – such decisions are at their discretion so it is best to avoid the use of hands-free kits at all.

RoSPA believes that the ban on mobile phone use while driving should extend to hands-free kits.

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