Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | It’s illegal to hold your phone on public roads in France even when you’re pulled over to the side of the road, whether you’re blocking traffic or not. A recent high court ruling means that taking what some consider to be a safe step — pulling over to talk on the phone — could still result in points and a fine of 135 euros (Approx.Shs600,000).
The High Court ruling is not a new law, but it clarified exactly what it means to be “circulating in traffic.” Now, it’s not enough to pull over and cut the motor in order to use your phone; you have to be parked in a designated spot. When you’ve had an accident or breakdown, however, you are allowed to call or text.
There has recently been a rise in road deaths in France and with nothing much else to pin it on, authorities are going after scofflaw drivers who text or call.