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Using your mobile phone while driving? Don’t. Just don’t. Doing so not only endangers yourself, but other road users as well.

Countless studies have been carried out on this subject, all with similar conclusions. Distracted driving, be it from being on the phone with someone or God forbid, texting, significantly increases the risk of getting into or causing a crash. Readers, drivers, please be aware of the dangers of distracted driving.

Most drivers think that the act of talking on the phone is not such a big distraction, but the reality is, engaging in the visual-manual tasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialling and texting) associated with the use of mobile phones is the biggest offender. Volkswagen’s Eyes on the Road video below explains this very well.

In Singapore, it is now illegal for a driver to use or hold any type of mobile device while the vehicle is on the move. Texting or making a call on a mobile phone has always been deemed an offence, but recent changes to the law makes it an offence to use or hold a mobile device while driving.

The penalties are severe too – first-time offenders will face a fine of up to SGD$1,000 (RM2,730) and/or a six-month jail term, while repeat offenders are set to be slapped with a fine of up to SGD$2,000 (RM5,460) and/or up to 12 months in jail. This applies to Malaysians driving in Singapore too, of course.

So folks, do you think that a similar rule should be implemented here in Malaysia, or should sheer common sense be enough to deter such infractions? Do drop your thoughts in the comments section below.