Using mobile phone while driving can invite fine upto Rs 5,000

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New Delhi: With increasing number of road accidents attributed to mobile phone usage, the Government of India has now decided to toughen the rules to curb use of mobile phones while driving. The Union Cabinet has cleared amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act which now puts stringent restrictions on use of mobile phone during driving.
Now not only making calls but using your phone to SMS, will invite a heavy fine. Even, using handsfree has now been banned.
Using a mobile phone while driving would attract a minimum fine of Rs 500 for the first time while repeat offenders have to pay a fine up to Rs 5,000.
The dictate has not come out of the blue. According to a study, almost 80 percent of road accidents in the USA happens due to distractions and are attributed to use of mobile phones. India accounts for about 10 percent of road accident fatalities, despite having only one percent of the world’s vehicle population.

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