Vaping motorists could lose their licence and face prosecution
Vaping seems to be the latest trend these days, evidence proves that it’s a far healthier way of getting your nicotine fix and many have dumped the cigarettes in favour of vaping.
Recently the Police have warned that vaping motorists could lose their licence and face prosecution if they use e-cigarette at the wheel.
Although vaping while driving isn’t illegal it is up to the discretion of police officers to determine what they deem as a potentially dangerous and distracting handheld electronic device.
Police officers have said that drivers using e-cigarettes risk obscuring their vision with big clouds of vapour. Some e-cigarettes emit so much vapour that the person in charge of a vehicle could be momentarily blinded and your chances of having a crash is increased.
From a driving instructors point of view
We agree with the Police, there are some e-cigarettes on the market that emit huge amounts of vape clouds which could in fact restrict your vision when driving. Even if it’s just for a few seconds – this could be enough to put a person’s life in danger.
There is also the other factor of having control of the steering wheel, many vaping devices can be quite large and bulky and drivers are holding these devices while driving. We’ve seen people drop them into the car foot-well and go search for them whilst trying to drive, this in itself is dangerous as you are not paying full attention to the road ahead.
Driving without due care and attention
Those deemed to be distracted by e-cigarettes could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, the penalty of which can be disqualification, three to nine points on your licence, or a fine of up to £2,500.
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