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Vaping while driving could cost motorists' licence

Wednesday February 21 2018

MOTORISTS who vape while driving could be fined up to £2,500 and even lose their licence.

Senior police officers have warned vapers not to use the e-cigarettes when they get behind the wheel as they could face prosecution.

Vaping while driving is not illegal, but the thick clouds of vapour the devices emit can obscure your vision increasing the risk of a serious crash.

Police could see this as potentially dangerous and regard it as driving without due care and attention.

The penalties for this offence can range from points on your licence to a driving ban and a fine of up to £2,500.

In a statement, road safety charity Brake said: “Vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction.

“Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone.”

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