Published: 07 July 2017
The law is very clear on mobile phones while driving: you may not hold a cell phone in your hand while driving.
Studies have shown this to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol - but does this stop people from answering calls and even texting while behind the wheel?
In Gansbaai alone you see many drivers - if not most - using their cell phones while driving, despite knowing how dangerous it is!
Be warned: Motorists who are caught using a cell phone without a hands-free kit will be fined!
R1 000 fine for driving and dialling. No driver is permitted to use a hand-held communication device while driving. This includes a cell phone, microphone or other communication devices, as per the South African National Road Traffic Act.
- You may use such a device ONLY IF IT IS NOT being held in your hand or with any other part of your body (e.g. it may NOT be gripped under your chin either).
- You are also not permitted to use the cellular phone at traffic lights - even when the vehicle is not moving; if the engine is running, you are considered to be driving.