Police are still warning drivers and motorists that smoking e-cigarettes while driving could result in a £2500 fine or you could lose your licence entirely.
Vaping while driving is technically not illegal, however police will still take action and treat e-cigarettes in the same way they would any handheld device. Motorists could become distracted by constantly vaping or creating clouds of vapour that obscures a driver’s vision. Anybody who is caught with clouds of smoke in their car or caught using a vape will be prosecuted for driving without care and attention of the road.
What is the penalty?
If you are pulled over or if a police officer deems you to be a driver that has been distracted by an e-cigarette, you could receive a total of 3-9 points off your driver’s licence or a fine of £2500. In serious cases where an accident was caused due to the distraction of an e-cigarette, you could be disqualified from driving.
Sargent John Davis from the Surrey police said “Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating.” He further said “With regards to a scenario where someone could potentially be either distracted or have reduced visibility then there is potential for a crash but it’s certainly not something we have come across – whereas mobile phone distraction is a regular distraction that we come across in fatal/serious collisions.”
You should know by now that sun glare can be a real problem when driving, which can cause the drivers vision to be obscured and impair their vision. Sun glare has even caused crashes and bigger accidents.
Vaping is being classed in the same way that sun glare can impair vision; clouds of vapour can also impair your vision when driving. This could lead to some horrible crashes and maybe even some fatal injuries.
A spokesperson from the road safety charity, Brake. Had this to say “Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis; it is a complex task, that requires your full attention to do so safely,”
“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.”
Police will not be taking this issue lightly. So unless you have an incredible excuse, you could be kissing your licence goodbye.
What can I do to avoid vaping while driving?
You could leave the house a couple of minutes earlier and vape before you get in the car. It’s also handy to put your vape away in a bag, pocket or somewhere away from your vision. After all the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” is very true.
If you really need to vape when you are in a car then you should attempt to park somewhere on the way to your destination and take a few minutes to vape before driving again.
Finally, it would be a good idea to leave your vape behind when you go for a shorter trip. This would remove the ability to vape while driving completely.