Checking messages at a red light.

Looking at Facebook in traffic.

Phone to the ear chatting.

You see others doing it – and perhaps you do it yourself. It might feel harmless, but so many shocking news headlines show us otherwise. It may not seem like it, but it’s been illegal to use a handheld phone at the wheel in Malta since 2003. And while the penalties for doing so are now much tougher, could you live with causing a tragic accident because you were distracted by your phone?

 

Help make Malta’s roads safer for all of us.

Driving, mobiles and the law

Using a handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal in Malta. It has been since 2003.

 

It is not illegal to use hands free, but any time a driver’s attention is not on the road can be dangerous.

 

The facts

 

Drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.

Research shows:

 

You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.

 

Your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.

 

Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

 

The law

 

It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving in Malta. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

 

It is also illegal to use a handheld phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver.

 

 

 

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