Driver caught ordering fast food on mobile phone app

A man has been caught ordering food on his phone while driving in Cheltenham, police have said. He was stopped by officers who discovered he had been using an app to get some fast food. Cheltenham police have been out on patrol looking for motorists using their mobile these past two days.

They said: “While out on patrol today @CheltPolice are looking for drivers on their mobile phones. Yesterday, officers stopped a car because the driver was ordering fast food via an app on his phone!?!” We have asked police for more information about the incident.

Get the biggest stories from across Gloucestershire straight to your inbox Gloucestershire police have put out a warning to drivers this month about the use of mobile phones while driving. They said: “The roads may be quiet but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use your phone behind the wheel.

“To avoid putting yourself and other road users in danger, including essential workers, put your phone out of sight and on silent when driving.” Earlier this month, neighbouring force Avon and Somerset police stopped a man driving a 44 tonne HGV on the M4 using two mobile phones – one to each ear. Another motorist was caught holding a mobile phone with their right little finger touching the bottom of the steering wheel and their other hand nowhere near the wheel, on the M4 motorway.

Rules for using a phone or a sat nav when driving

It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle.

You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • A bluetooth headset
  • Voice command
  • A dashboard holder or mat
  • A windscreen mount
  • A built-in sat nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.

The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.”

The law still applies to you if you’re:

  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • supervising a learner driver
  • When you can use a hand-held phone

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

  • You’re safely parked
  • You need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop

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