Friday, September 28, 2007
Nanny's unrelenting campaign against smoking continues apace.
Today, the new Highway Code is published. This mighty tome, issued by the Department for Transport, contains 29 extra rules and is now 135 pages long — 42 more than the previous version brought out in 1999.
One of the new rules leaves drivers who have a fag behind the wheel open to being prosecuted, for driving without due care and attention.
Under the new Highway Code having a cigarette while driving is a breach of the rules of the road, and is classed as a "distraction".
Therefore, if a driver crashes his/her car while smoking they could be charged with driving without due care and attention. That could mean a fine of up to £2,500, three to nine penalty points or even a ban.
The move is technically regarded as "best practice". However, failing to observe the advice does leave motorists vulnerable to prosecution.
As a pedestrian, I feel much safer now that I know drivers won't be having a fag whilst driving!