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Too many motorists ignore this. Even when stopped, it is prohibited and the fine can be steep

Same à When stopped, at a red light, in a parking space or at the drive-thru, this action while driving is prohibited and can be expensive.

Driving a car requires constant attention, not only for your own safety, but also for that of other road users, motorists as well as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. . However, a detail often escapes attention. many drivers, especially when the car is à stop. Slowdowns or traffic jams, red lights… The reasons for distraction and less attention à the road can be numerous. One of them exposes you to a heavy fine since the Highway Code provides for an amount of 135 euros accompanied by three points less on your precious driving license.

In the case of stopping at a red light for example, a reflex very often emerges in our passenger compartments. grab your mobile phone, if only to read for a few seconds the latest Whatsapp message notification, the last SMS received, your friends' Instagram story is very tempting… However, it is strictly forbidden, even if your vehicle is at risk. when stopped, and does not a priori present any risks for other users.

Too many motorists ignore this. Even when stopped, it is prohibited and the fine can be steep

It is important to understand the detail of the law. The French Highway Code considers a vehicle as being “in circulation” even if it is stationary when in situations such as traffic jams or at traffic lights. Don't you dare park in a double line or even in a proper parking space. Same guy on the side of the road, you will expose yourself à the same sanction if the engine of your vehicle is running. The legislation is strict: any driver holding his or her phone in the wrong direction the hand in such conditions goes à against the Highway Code.

To use your phone legally, it is essential that the vehicle is not only in use; stopped, but also that its engine is turned off and that it is parked. in a permitted location, such as a parking space or private garage. These rules extend to me' me to private spaces open to the public, such as supermarket parking lots or fast food drive-throughs. Ignoring this rule will be just as expensive in these car parks: the driver caught red-handed will be exposed to also à a fixed fine of 135 euros and a withdrawal of three points on the driving license.

The Highway Code still provides for exceptions for situations of force majeure, where the use of the telephone may be justified; by an absolute emergency, such as a sudden breakdown of the vehicle. However, we would not advise you to imagine breaking down to the gendarmes or police officers who would be checking you…

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116