Driver overturns conviction for using phone

Senior judges have ruled that a motorist who took pictures with a phone camera whilst driving should not automatically be facing prosecution.

Mr Ramsey Barreto has recently had a conviction overturned for using a mobile phone whilst driving by Isleworth Crown Court.

Mr Barreto was caught by the police and charged under motoring offences for filming with his phone camera as he drove past an accident scene.

It was argued that the regulations only prohibit use of phone whilst driving if it’s for ‘interactive communication’.

However, the decision does not make an excuse for motorists to use their phones whilst driving.

This case bought to attention how phones have moved on since 2003 when the law was introduced.

Use of phones for any reason whilst driving can still lead to prosecution for dangerous driving with potentially high penalties.

If you have any queries regarding the law around motoring offences, then contact us at Audley Chaucer.

Written by Syeda Anjum

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