Gansbaai Courant

Blog: Think twice while driving

Published: 07 July 2017
By:Gansbaai Courant

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! 

The Facts

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.

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