Police Crack Down On Cloud-Chasing Drivers
WARNING: DON’T DRIP AND DRIVE!
The days of hotboxing your car with Lemon Tart have come to an end today as senior police officers in the UK have issued a warning to drivers using e-cigarettes. It’s been stated that vaping can obscure the vision of the road ahead, and offending drivers may face hefty fines, loss of license, and even prosecution.
Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said:
“The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality… There are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times… If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”
Fair point, Carl.
The sergeant also put ‘vaping while driving’ as a major contributing activity that take commuters eyes off the road, right alongside ‘smoking while driving’ and ‘eating while driving’.
“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.”
With over 3 million people now using e-cigarettes in the UK and a large majority of them being drivers, they have warned that if the second hand vapor is deemed as a potential distraction to a driver that individual could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three to nine demerit points on their licence.
We live in a time now where distractions are everywhere we look: billboards, mobile phones, sexy pedestrians, and now e-cigarettes.
All it takes is a split second for everything to be turned upside down.
Keeping the roads safe is always in the hands of the driver behind the wheel, so use your head and always obey the rules.
Most of all, please never be the guy in the above photo.