Vaping behind the wheel has SERIOUS risks...I bet you never knew that vaping while you're behind the wheel COULD result in you losing your licence. Well, same here! But, the truth is it really can…so, let's find out more. Vanarama's Laura Day reports.
Vaping has become more and more popular over recent years. This is because many people believe it's a healthier way to get their nicotine fix – particularly for those who are trying to quit.
As it stands
It's not illegal to vape (or smoke) and drive, providing there are no children in the car. Similarly, it's not illegal to eat, drink or change the radio whilst driving either.
Though, these are activities that distract driver's attention away from the road. And, the bottom line is…distracted drivers are more likely to have/cause accidents.
While using an e-cigarette behind the wheel is not illegal, breathing thick clouds of vapour into your car can obscure your vision, which could ultimately cause a serious crash. In this case, the police may decide the act is potentially dangerous, and drivers could be prosecuted without due care and attention.
And, you really don't want to be on the receiving end of this because the penalties for the charge could be a ban from the roads, points on your licence or a fine of up to £2,500!
Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: "The smoke caused by vapes is a distraction and the consequences can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and, even worse, a fatality."
A word of advice
Any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases the risk of an accident. If you're going to continue vaping, Cark Knapp advises to "open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, ensuring that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so".
Sounds like good advice to me. But, what do you think about vaping? Should it become illegal while driving? Is it a big problem in the UK? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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