Police have warned that drivers who vape behind the wheel could be fined thousands of pounds and face losing their licence.
Statistics released in February 2018 revealed that over 3 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes, many of them doing so while they are driving.
While it is not technically illegal to smoke e-cigarettes while driving, those who do so risk obscuring their vision with the clouds of vapour and may, as a result, be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
Drivers found to not be in full control of their vehicle at all times could be landed with a £2,500 fine and up to nine points on their licence.
The smoke clouds produced from e-cigarettes can cause drivers a similar visual impairment to glare from the sun, which may cause distraction and result in fatal incidents on the road.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said, “We believe that drivers should always follow the rules set out by the highway code and must always exercise proper control of their vehicle and avoid any distractions, including vaping.”
Sergeant Carl Knapp from the Sussex Road Policing Unit has previously warned drivers that “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.
“I strongly advise people to pay 100% attention to the roads when driving as anything that takes that attention away has the potential of severe consequences.
“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.”
Source: ADI News
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