Mobile phones can't be used at traffic signals, too

Mobile phones can't be used at traffic signals, too

Checking your phone for messages or even talking on it using headphones or a bluetooth device while waiting at a traffic signal could land you in trouble. 

The City traffic police, invoking Section 250 (A) MMVR, r/w Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, said no person, whether driving a four-wheeler or riding a two-wheeler, should use a mobile phone even while waiting at the traffic signal. 

People using phones at signals often cause slow-moving traffic, leading to snarls on busy roads, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Dr M A Saleem told Deccan Herald.

“As per the Motor Vehicle Act, using mobile phone in any manner while driving is an offence and invites penalty for the first time and repeated offence may invite stricter penalty or even punishment,” he said. “We may conduct drives for enforcing this but even citizens have to act responsibly.” 

Even with no cop, you could be caught on camera at the signal and the challan sent home. As per the law, even doctors cannot use mobile phones while driving. During an emergency, they can use the phone only after stopping the vehicle.

Several people welcomed the step, but felt it would be of no use without strict enforcement.

Retired bank manager V Ramesh said: “I do not use the phone when driving. But many a time I have noticed youngsters on two-wheelers with mobile phones stuck in their helmets talking while riding, without any fear of the law or the risk they pose to themselves and others. Till the police issue them challans, there is no stopping them.”

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