Today, hands-free comes as standard, but a significant part of the cars on Czech roads do not have it. Mobile in hand behind the wheel, you’ll think twice from the new year.
Since almost everyone has a phone, and some even carry more, police and lawmakers have been cracking down on using it while driving. Being distracted by holding it or talking on the phone without hands-free reduces attention and contributes to traffic accidents. However, the effort to suppress this evil is reminiscent of the predicament of Don Quixote.
Last year, 62,154 drivers were fined for manipulating their phones. That means 170 fines per day. Several times, the drivers were only guilty of exceeding the permitted speed in the range of 5 to 20 km/h. Even this year, offenders collect two penalty points along with a block fine on the spot of up to CZK 1,000. In administrative proceedings, from 2,500 to 3,500 CZK.
From the new year, the punishment will be significantly tougher. Offenders will receive four penalty points and an on-the-spot fine of 2,500 to 3,500 CZK. In administrative proceedings, from CZK 4,000 to CZK 10,000. That means three times is all you need to score. At the same time, it is good to know when we can pick up the phone. It is only when we park in a designated or suitable space. When stopping at a traffic light, before a crossing, or in a queue, you are not allowed to take your phone in your hand, as this is a stop independent of the will of the driver in still active traffic.
So we are not allowed to pick up the phone, but just place it in the holder for a few crowns and all of a sudden we have nothing to worry about, because if it is fixed in this way, we can control it. An alternative is an external hands-free, which is attached to the driver’s screen or his ear. Some cars allow you to easily change the radio, and those with Bluetooth cost a few crowns these days.