The large clouds of smoke could reduce visibility and lead to an accident
Drivers in the UK are being warned about the dangers of using vapes and e-cigs whilst behind the wheel, as the large clouds of smoke they produce could reduce visibility and lead to an accident.
The police are warning motorists in the UK that ‘driving without due care and attention’ could result in a hefty fine, points on your driving licence and possibly a driving ban.
Vapes and e-cigs have become increasingly popular in the UK, however they produce a large amount of smoke and these clouds could reduce a driver’s vision and lead to a crash.
If caught, you could be prosecuted for ‘driving without due care and attention’ as the clouds of smoke they produce could affect your vision and distract you from the road ahead.
“The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality,” said Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Road Policing Unit.
It’s estimated that around three million people in the UK now use vapes or e-cigs and many of them do so whilst behind the wheel.
Drivers who are prosecuted for this type of offence can be issued with a hefty fine of up to £2,500 and nine points on their licence.
If you must vape whilst driving, you should open the window and blow the smoke directly out of the opening to avoid clouds of smoke from reducing your vision but this must be done whilst you’re in full control of your vehicle.
“Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating,” said Sergeant John Davis of Surrey Police.
When driving, any kind of distraction that takes your eyes off the road for even a split second could increase the risk of an accident.
“Vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction,” said a spokeswoman for Brake, adding: “Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone.”
A spokesperson for the DfT said that drivers should always comply with the rules set out in the Highway Code and remain in full control of their vehicle at all times and avoid distractions such as vaping.
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